Epidendrum rowleyi Withner & Pollard 1969

Photo by © Hagsater & Dressler and The Epidendra Website



Photos by © Weyman Bussey

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Hágsater and The AMO Herbario Website


Common Name Rowley's Epidendrum [English Botanist 20th cen]

Flower Size 3.6" [9 cm]

Found in Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico on oaks in typical pine-oak forests on slopes above rivers at elevations of 2100 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, flattened canes carrying 2 to 3, thick and leathery, broadly elliptic to oblong, serrulate marginally, obtuse to acute, slightly cordate towards the base, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter and early spring on a terminal, short, single to few flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, obtuse floral bracts arising on a mature cane.

Epidendrum rowleyi is easily reconized by its thin stems carrying 2 to 3 apical, elliptic to orbicular leaves, short terminal inflorescence carrying flowers with extended, narrow segments of 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, and an ovate acuminate lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 9 1969 photo fide; ORQUIDEA (Méx . ) 8(2) MARZO 1982 photo/drawing; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide