Epidendrum singuliflorum Schltr. 1912 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Mirabile

Drawing by Hagsater and The AMO Herbaria Website

Partial shade Warm LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Single Flowered Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm] wide

Found in southern Mexico and northern Guatemala in montane rain forests at elevations around 950 meters as a medium to large sized, warm growing epiphyte with elongate, pendent, cane-like, laterally branching, terete, erect stems carrying all along the stem, articulate, coriaceous, fleshy, narrowly lanceolate, bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, on the branches only, very short, occuring only once at the same location, can flower again from the same branch but 2 to 3 leaves farther down, peduncle with 2 to 3, imbricate, conduplicate bracts, single flowered inflorescence with almost to as long as the ovary, ovate floral bracts and carrying green, yellowish green to greenish brown, non-fragrant flowers.

"Epidendrum singuliflorum is part of the GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Mirabile characterized by the pendent plants, successive stems produced from a middle internode of the previous stem, without any evident main stem; the flowers white to purple and mostly very fragrant. This species is recognized by the long, hanging and branching plants, with fleshy-coriaceous leaves no more than 2" [5 cm] long, flowering from lateral branches with only one flower per inflorescence, which is green to greenishbrown, the floral segments .28 to .48" [7 to 1.2 mm] long and the lip with the sides of the base upturned to embrace the column. It has rarely been collected, and can be confused with another rather similar undescribed species from the Pacific slope of southern Mexico, but the latter has a somewhat differently shaped lip, not constricted near the middle, and its flowers are often produced in pairs and colored green to deep brown." Hagsater etal 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Icones Orchidacearum 1 Plate 026 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 see recognition section Icones Orchidacearum 1 plate 42 Hagsater 1990 Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 176 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 see recognition section; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1383 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 See recognition section; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018