Epidendrum pachyrachis Ames 1923 GROUP Smaragdinum

TYPE Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Collection sheet Collection sheet and 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; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1152 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008