Epidendrum stenoselaginella Hágsater & E.Santiago 2007 GROUP Epidanthus

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Eric Hagsater/TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Narrow E sellaginella Epidendrum [refers to the narrow leaves of this species compared to E selaginella]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 650 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, new stems arise from the 2nd to 3rd internode of the previous stem, terete, thin, erect, straight stems carrying 9 to 15, all along the stem, distichous, alternate, articulate, generally erect-spreading, coriaceous, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, unequally bilobed, minutely apiculate, amplexicaul, margin entire leaves that blooms in the later spring through mid fall on a terminal, occuring only once, distichous, rarely secund, racemose, erect, elongate, peduncle short, .2 to .68" [.5 to 1.7 cm] long, filiform, straight, sometimes provided with a single basally tubular, acute bract, rachis straight, laxly spread, simultaneously 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence with slightly shorter to as long as the ovary, narrowly ovate, acute, conduplicate, amplexicaul, slightly papillose floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, distichous, greenish, yellow to greenish yellow flowers.

"Epidendrum stenoselaginella belongs to the GROUP Epidanthus which is characterized by short, small, usually scandent plants with very thin stems, very narrow, more or less fleshy leaves, with a small, narrowly triangular, acute ligule opposite the blade, an apical, distichous, usually secund inflorescence, and 2 or 4 pollinia. The species is recognized by the terete stems covered wlth narrow, linear-lanceolate leaves, flowers laxly distributed on the inflorescence, ovate-triangular sepals, and the triangular-cordate lip nearly as wide as it is long, united to the column throughout its length, and the ovary and sepals glabrous. Epidendrum selaginella has the stems laterally compressed above, ovate to oblong-ovate leaves, the flowers aggregate at the end of a long inflorescence, the sepals narrowly triangular, and the lip wider than long, united to the basal 1/2 of the column. Epidendrum astroselaginella Hágsater & E.Santiago is vegetatively very similar, but the floral segments are spreading, star-shaped, the flowers larger, the sepals .14 to .168 [3.5 to 4.2 mm] long, the lip is longer than wide, with a fleshy thickened keel at the apex; the nectary is wide throughout, not constricted at the perianth, linear petals, and prominent teeth at the apex of the column, which are directed somewhat upwards, in front of the anther-bed." Hagsater etal 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 9 Plate 910 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 943 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 984 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidaeacrum 9 Plate 991 Hagsater & Santiago 2007 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 12[3]: 2014 photo fide;