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Epidendrum rousseauae Schltr. 1918 GROUP Laterale Photo by Ray Barkalow and his First Ray Orchids Website

Inflorescence Photo by The Orchid Website

FragrancePart sun HottoWarm LATERSpringSummer

Common Name Mrs. Rousseau's Epidendrum [Wife of Belgian Orchid Enthusiast late 1800, early 1900's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic herb at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters with close set, ovoid, smooth psuedobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, basally clasping leaf that blooms in the later spring through summer and is different in that it has a basal, 2" [5 cm] long, few flowered, erect to lateral inflorescences with fragrant flowers .

Said to be a synonym of E laterale and seems to be very similar but differs in the non pinched opening at the lip base and column foot, if it is a synonym then E laterale takes precedence.

Synonyms Auliza rousseauae (Schltr.) Brieger 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 39. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Auliza rousseauae photo good; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1136 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1175 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide

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