Epidendrum plagiophyllum Hágsater 1999 GROUP Megalospathum

TYPE Drawing by © Hagsater and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Oblique Leaved Epidendrum

Flower Size 1” [2.5 cm]

Found in Panama on the Vulcan de Chiriqui in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold, pendent growing epiphyte with cane-like, laterally compressed stems carrying 4 to 9, all along the stem, the blades all in one plane, ovate-lanceolate, acute, succulent, oblique, greyish green leaves without any transverse bars that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a terminal, arising through 1 occasionally 2, prominent, semiovate, conduplicate, completely envelopeing the peduncle, subcorymbose, simultaneously 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence, with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, green flowers.

This species is closely related to E obliquifolium but it has 3 veined sepals, the lip longer than wide, thickened keels on the disc, the leaves are transversely barred with maroon and the flowers are dotted with purple.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 370 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide;