Epidendrum pachyrachis Ames 1923 GROUP Smaragdinum Drawing by Ames The Epidendra Website

Part shadeHot to Cold Mid Spring Summer

Common Name The Thick Rachis Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama in lowlands at elevations around 300 meters as a medium to giant sized, hot growing, myrmecophilus epiphyte with simple, canelike, terete, straight stems carrying 15 to 20, all along the stem, articulate, distichous, coriaceous, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute, miunutely apiculate, prominent central vein, margin entire leaves that blooms in the mid spring through summer on a terminal, erect, racemose to pluriracemose, nutant, short, peduncle, terete, straight, short, hidden by the 2 prominent, widely triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul bracts, 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long, successively 9 to 18 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, widely triangular, acute to acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts. and carrying fleshy flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1152 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008