Epidendrum skutchii Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf 1936 GROUP Magnoliae SUBGROUP Propinquum

Drawing Photo/Drawing by © Hagsater and The AMO Herbaria Website

Partial shade Cool Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name Skutch's Epidendrum [American Naturalist, Ornithologist and Philosopher in Costa Rica 2004]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes in Guatemala at elevations around 1100 to 1860 meters as a giant sized, cool growing epiphyte with branching, heteromodular by substitution, the distal modes diminishing markedly in size compared to the basal modules, cane-like, terete, thin, straight; stems nearly totally covered by tubular, non-leaf-bearing, sheaths, becoming scarious and fibrous with time and carrying 2 to 4, aggregate towards the apex of each stem, sub-coriaceous, sub-erect, articulate, distichous, linear to linear-lanceolate, acuminate, margin entire leaves that bloosm at most any time of the year on a terminal, occuring only once, arching, peduncle filiform, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, with 1 to 2, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul basal bracts, rachis short, filiform, fractiflex, simultaneously 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence with less than half the length to nearly as long as the ovary, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaulmembraneous floral bracts and carrying resupiante, greenish yellow flowers slightly tinged with reddish-purple, the column pale green with a reddish-purple apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Orquídea (Mexico City). 7(4): 1980 drawing fide; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 8( 1) MARZO 1981 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1384 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 drawing fide