Epidendrum orientale Hágsater & M.A.Díaz 1993 GROUP Difforme


Plant and Flowers Photos by © Patricia Harding

Part sun HotCoolWinter

Common Name The Eastern Epidendrum [refers to the location of the species, Oriente Province Cuba]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cuba and Jamaica in rainforests at elevations of 300 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with reed-like, terete, straight stems carrying 4 to 8, elliptic, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, occuring only once, sessile, 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence with simultaneously, resupinate flowers.

Part of the E difforme complex but is characterized by the compact appearance of the terete stems, the bilobed lip with subovate, sometimes notched at the margins lobes appearing 4 lobed, 2 short, wide divergent calli with irregularily crenate margins a deeply cordate base and emarginate apex forming a wide sinus, an arcuate column with a triangular prominence at each side of the apex and a somewhat prominent, entire, obconical, irregularily dentate clinandrium.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 133 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 167 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Orchidacearum Antillinae Nir 2000; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 401 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 429 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Orchids of Cuba Larrimendi and Llamacho 2005 photo; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 827 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014