Epidendrum tziscaoense Hágsater 1999 GROUP Cristatum SUBGROUP Cnemidophorum Photo by © Daryl Yerdon and his Facebook Page

TYPE Drawing Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Tziscao Epidendrum [A village in Chiapas state of Mexico]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Chiapas state of southern Mexico in humid jungle at elevations around 1300 meters as a large sized, colol growing terrestrial with simple, cane-like, terete, erect stems carrying numerous, all along the stem, becoming deciduous with age, coriaceous, lanceolate, acute, margin entire, smooth, with a dorsal keel leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, on a 3 to 4 year mature stem, without a spathe, racemose, peduncle 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, with with 5 to 7 long, imbricating, conduplicate, rounded bracts, rachis terete, 1.8 to 6.8" [4.5 to 17 cm] long, arcuate, simultaneously 12 to 44 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, pale green with reddish purple spots, the column and the lip are white, the column is apically tinged with pale purple and the lip is tinged the same around the disc, the apex of the midlobe is greenish and the flowers have a weak fragrance of lemon, vanilla and cinnamon.

CAUTION!!!!!!!!!! I am not convinced that the photo is correct, the lip does not seem right but this plant was awarded by the AOS as E tziscaoense. The Drawing is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1491 Hagsater & Dodson 2013 photo/drawing fide;