Epidendrum polygonatum Lindl. 1858 GROUP Physinga

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Luis A Borges Ochoa

Common Name or Meaning

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic at elevations around 600 to 2000 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with approximate, simple, ancipitous, prominently fractiflex, disitchously leafy from the base up stems and carrying many rather thin, dark, narrowly lanceolate, triangular, acute to subacuminate, undulate or spirally twisted leaves and can bloom in the spring on a terminal, slender, geniculate, racemose inflorescence arising at right angles to the following internode with acuminate bracts and ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying successive single flowers.

Synonyms Amphiglottis polygonata (Lindl.) Acuna 1939; Epidendrum polygonatum var. latifolium Cogn. 1910; Physinga polygonata (Lindl.) H.Dietr. 1980

References W3 Tropicos [http://mobot.mobot.org/W3T/Search/vast.html], Kew Monocot list [http://www.kew.org/wcsp/home.do], IPNI [http://www.us.ipni.org/ipni/plantsearch?request_type=search&output_format=query&ret_defaults=on]; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum polygonatum var latifolium; Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larimendi 2006; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 as Physinga polgonatum; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1159 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

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