Epidendrum wendtii Hágsater & Salazar 1999 GROUP Chloe

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name Wendt's Epidendrum [American botanist in Mexico current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico and Honduras in upper montane rain forests at elevations of 1700 to 1850 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, thin, terete, erect stems carrying 9, all along the apical half of the stem, articulate, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, grass-like, minutely aristate apically leaves that blooms in the late fall through late winter on terminal, without a spathe, on a mature stem, racemose, erect to arching, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, with 1 to 2, short to long, bracts, rachis sinuous, filiform, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, overall, simultaneously 7 to 15 flowered inflorescence with as long as the ovary, acuminate, filiform floral bracts and carrying resupinate, light to creamy orange colored flowers.

"Epidendrum wendtii is part of the GROUP Chloe which is characterized by the sympodial, caespitose plants with simple, very thin stems, grass-like, acuminate, sub-erect leaves, a racemose, lax, few-flowered inflorescence, and delicate flowers with a more or less cordate lip. At fist sight Epidendrum wendtii looks like an over-grown plant of Epidendrum chloe . Both have slender, delicate plants with long, tapering, grass-like leaves and an apical raceme of yellowish-green flowers, sometimes with the sepals and petals flushed bronze, and the simple lip. However, the flowers of the former are nearly twice as large as the latter, and the lip is strongly recurved from the base and proportionately longer and more pointed. We interpret E. wendtii as representing a sister species of E. chloe, which is widespread and more common in Mesoamerica, from Chiapas to Nicaragua; and has the basal portion of the lateral keels of the lip enlarged and forming incipient callus." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 399 Hagsater & Salazar 1999 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1315 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1324 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 See recognition section; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018