Epidendrum pseudoramosum Schltr. 1912 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP RamosumPhoto by Juan Francisco Morales and The Encyclopedia of Life Webpage

Specimen Sheet Specimen by The Epidendra Webpage

Deep shadeCool ColdFallWinter

Common Name The False Racemosum Epidendrum

Flower Size .45" [1.1 cm]

Found in Vera Cruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas states Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela in montane rainforests, elfin forests, pine-oak-liquidambar forests at elevations of 1300 to 2200 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a subterete, branching, flexuous, slightly compressed stem enveloped by close fitting, somewhat compressed, leafless and tubular, slightly rugose, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying thick, rigid, linear, oblong-lanceolate, retuse apically leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a terminal, short, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence arising from the branches, enveloped completely by oblong-triangular, acute, conduplicate bracts, with somewhat inflated, longer than the ovary, imbricating, ovate-oblong, acute floral bracts and carrying 2 to 4 simultaneously opening, non-resupinate, apparantly odorless flowers.

Known by its branching stems that are slighyl lateally compressed linear to oblong-lanceolate, bilobed to retuse apically, longer than the ovary rounded floral bracts, 2 to 3 flowered, greenish white to yellow, ovate-oblong, obtuse-rounded sepals, a triangular-ovate lip with a callus that forms a "V". Differs from E ramosum by the cylindrical stems, 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence carrying green to yellow flowers with acute segments.


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