Epidendrum radioferens [Ames,F.T.Hubb.& C.Schweinf.]Hagsater 1977 GROUP Arbusculum Photo by Patricia Harding

Another Inflorescence

Flower Closeup Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website


Common Name The Rayed Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

A large to giant sized, cool to cold growing reedstem epiphyte or lithophyte from Chiapas state of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras in seasonally dry oak forests to evergreen cloud forests at elevations of 1350 to 2300 meters with terete, ascending, 8 noded, reed-like stems that arise from a node at the middle of the previous stem with adventitious roots and carrying 2 to 6, clustered at the apex, elliptic, obtuse, subcoriaceous, dark green suffused with purple leaves articulate to the finely striated, scarious-fibrous sheaths that blooms on a terminal, arching to hanging, 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, flowers only once, 5 to 30 successively flowered umbelliform inflorescence occuring in the winter through early summer and carrying slightly fragrant flowers.

Part of the E arbuscula group distinguished by greenish brown to purple brown tepals and the yellowish lip with 3 protruding central keels and the others radiating to the sides.

Synonyms *Epidendrum arbuscula var. radioferens Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1935

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum arbusculum var radioferens; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as E arbusculum var radioferens; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1023 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1129 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see Recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1186 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see Recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 13 Plate 1374 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide