Epidendrum ramosissimum Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Rugosum

TYPE Drawing R Jimenez M and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Most Branched Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica on the lower Atlantic Slope in rainforests at elevations of 500 to 1350 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, terete stems carrying 14 or more on the main stem, all along the stem, deciduous as the plant matures 3 to 7 on the branches, all along the apical 1/3'rd of the stem, linear to ligulate, acute to obtuse, terte, deeply channeled, main stem longer than the branch leaves that blooms in the fall till early winter on a terminal, distichous, peduncle short, rachis fractiflex, lax, simultaneously 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with as long as the ovary, conduplicate, oblong, obtuse floral bracts and carrying resupinate, white to creamy green flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 978 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide;