Epidendrum platyphyllostigma Hágsater & García-Cruz 1999 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Platystigma

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Wide Leaved E platystigma Epidendrum

Flower Size 1” [2.5 cm]

Found in western Panama in rain forests at elevations of 1400 to 1500 meters as a giant sized, cool growing epiphyte with terete, branched, cane-like stems carrying all along the stem, main stem leaves larger and deciduous, those on the branches smaller and persistent, widely elliptic, obtuse, slightly emarginate leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, without a spathe, erect, arising on the branches, racemose, arcuate, simultaneously 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with almost as long as the ovary, conduplicate, nonimbricate, widely oblong-ovate, obtuse floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, pale green flowers.

"Epidendrum platyphyllostigma as aprt of GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Platystigma characterized by Vanda-like plants when young; before branching occurs, with long, strap-like leaves. The species is recognized by its large plants with big, elliptic leaves, on the main stems 5.2 x 1.8" [13 x 4.5 cm], secondary and tertiary branches with leaves 1.2 to 3.6 [3 to 9 x 1.3 to 3 cm], flowers pale green, ovary straight, sepals .16 to ,2" [4 to 5 mm] wide, lip semiorbicular. Epidendrum ramonianum has narrower leaves, flowers white, column green, ovary arcuate, lip widely ovate, callus tridentate. Epidendrum jefestigma Hágsater & Carda-Cruz has narrower leaves, floral bracts widely ovate, lip subcircular, callus bilobate, clinandrium erose." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 372 Hagsater & Garcia-Cruz 1999 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 975 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section;