Epidendrum polyanthum Lindl. 1831 GROUP Anceps SUBGROUP Polyanthum Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Many Flowered Epidendrum

Flower Size to about 3/4" [to 1.9 cm]

Found in Chiapas Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela and Brazil in wet premontane forests at elevations of 914 to 2000 meters, as an exteremly variable, medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte and occasional terrestrial with an erect, terete, cane-like stem enveloped basally by a few scarious, close sheaths and carrying basally clasping, coriaceous, linear-lanceolate, acute dark green leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, to 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, sheathed, 5 to 20 flowered inflorescence with the flowers opening in succession occuring mostly in the summer but is possible several times a year.

Synonyms Epidendrum bisetum Lindl. 1841; Epidendrum colorans Klotzsch 1851; Epidendrum funiferum C. Morren 1848; Epidendrum heteroglossum Kraenzl. 1921; Epidendrum hondurense Ames 1933; Epidendrum lansbergii Regel 1855; Epidendrum polystachyum Pav. ex Lindl. 1831; Epidendrum quinquelobum Schltr. 1923;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Mexico and Guatemala Bateman 1843 drawing ok; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 drawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 124. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 125. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as E quinquelobum; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 5 1979; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 729 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1321 Atwood 1989; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 390 Hagsater & Soto 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Perviarum Plate 649 Bennett & Christenson 2001 see observations; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 437 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 963 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1136 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 as E hondurense drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1136 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1162 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1181 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1196 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1321 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1355 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section

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