Epidendrum schlechterianum Ames 1924 GROUP Nannodes

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Full shade HotSpring toSummer

Common Name Schlechter's Epidendrum [German Taxomonist early 1900's]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [2 to 3 cm]

A miniature sized, hot growing, epiphytic or occassional lithophytic species found from Costa Rica and Panama in humid oak forests, drier, open areas and dense rainforests on trees and rocks at elevations of sealevel to 360 meters with clustered, leafy, branching stems enveloped by imbricate leaf bases carrying distichous, fleshy-coriaceous, ovate-lanceolate, acute, beaded surface, slightly serrated margin, sharp mucro apically leaves and blooms on an apical, single flowered, short inflorescence that has 2 erect flowers occuring in the spring and summer.

Best grown on a cork mount and hung where it gets good air movement, bright light and frequent mistings.

This orchid is part of the E nanodes group and as such has been reduced in range, now only from Panama, the other countries specimens have been reclassified into the following species, Epidendrum congestum in Costa Rica, Epidendrum congestioides also in Costa Rica, Epidendrum neodiscolor from Mexico to Brazil, Epidendrum oxynanodes from Colombia, Epidendrum schizoclinandrium from Peru, Epidendrum serruliferum in Costa Rica and Panama and Epidendrum uleinanodes from Brazil

Synonyms Epidendrum brevicaule Schltr. 1922; Epidendrum discolor (Lindl.) Benth. 1896; Epidendrum gonzalez-tamayoi Hágsater 1993; Epidendrum neodiscolor Hágsater 1993; Nanodes brevicaule (Schltr.) Brieger 1976; Nanodes discolor Lindl. 1832; Nanodes schlechterianum (Ames) Brieger 1960

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum discolor; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 30. Panama Schlechter 1922 as Epidendrum brevicaule; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as E brevicaule; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing hmm; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 1 1977; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Nanodes discolor drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 12 1982 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 882 Dodson 1983 as Nanodes discolor drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as Nanodes discolor photo fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as Nanodes discolorphoto fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 136 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section as E gonzales-tamayoi; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 363 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 363 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section as gonzales-tamayoii; Icones Orchidacearum 3 The Genus Epidendrum Part 2 Plate 392 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 653 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 as Nanodes discolor; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 as Nanodes schlechterianum; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 784 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 920 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 982 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 986 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; Miniature Orchids, A Compendium Parsons and Gerritson 2013 photo fide

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