Epidendrum selaginella Schltr. 1906 GROUP Epidanthus Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Drawing Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Warm Cold WinterTHROUGHSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Moss-fern-Like Epidendrum [Like a Selaginellus - Moss-fern]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 650 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a small branching rhizome giving rise to erect stems enveloped by leafless and higher up leafbearing sheaths and carrying several, alternate, distichous, oblong-ovate, articulate to the sheaths, apically bilobed, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, 1.6" [4 cm] long, 2 to 8 flowered, racemose inflorescence with shorter to longer than the ovary, conduplicate, ovate, acute, amplexicaul, densely papillose floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, non-resupinate, distichous, pale green, yellow to greenish yellow flowers.

The sub-caespitose habit with the stems enveloped by small, subequal, ovate leaves that have a small ligula opposite the lamina, an elongate peduncle with successive flowers distinguish this species.

Synonyms Microepidendrum selaginella (Schltr.) Brieger 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 44. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 128. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 218. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Field Guide to the orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 737 Hamer/Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 910 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 943 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 959 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 984 Hagsater 2007 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 991 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section;

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