Epidendrum pastranae Hágsater 1978

Photo by © R. Jiménez M. and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website

Part Shade Cool Cold Summer THROUGH Fall

Common Name Pastrana's Epidendrum [Mexican Original Collector of species current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Michoacan, Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico in pine/oak forests at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a simple, canelike, erect, terete stem carrying 2 to 5, towards the apex, articulate, coriaceous, with imbricating, scarius leaf sheaths, narrowly linear-lanceolate, acute, conduplicate leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on a terminal, racemose or paniculate, arching, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, successively branching, each branch simultaneously 2 to 8 flowered, several to many flowered inflorescence with ovate-triangular, acute, scarious floral bracts and carrying small, inconspicuous, non resupinate flowers without any scent.

" This species is recognized by the thin, erect stems with long, narrow leaves, the short racemes with several simultaneous, small, white to rosy f1owers, sparsely to densely spotted with purplish-red, and the transversely rectangular, 3-lobed lip, the disc f1eshy, with two basal, divergent calli and a longitudinal keel and the mid-lobe projecting very little beyond the lateral lobes, which are larger than the mid-Iobe." Hagsater etal 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7: 132 Hagsater 1978 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 1 plate 38 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Orquídea (Méx.) 12(2): 131-138. Garcia Cruz 1992 drawing fide