Epidendrum wercklei Schltr. 1906GROUP Neowilliamsia Photo by © J-Luc Rubrecht and The Stanhopea Passion Blog Website


Common Name or Meaning Werckle's Epidendrum [German Orchid Collector early 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in montane forests at elevations around 1500 to 1830 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with a simple, cane-like, branching, from the lower internodes of the previous, terete towards the base, laterally compressed above, thin, erect, straight stem enveloped basally by nonfoliaceous, tubular sheaths and carrying up to 9, throughout the apical half, lowermost deciduous, alternate, articulate, suberect, ancipitose, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, minutely apiculate, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the later summer and early winter on a terminal, occuring only once, erect, peduncle short to 1.5" to 4.4" [3.7 to 11 cm] long, laterally compressed, ancipitous, straight, rachis, 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long, paniculate, ancipitous, fractiflex, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, ancipitous, acute, tubular below and conduplicate above bracts and small, 1/3 as long as the ovary, deltoid, acute, ancipitose floral bracts and carrying coconut scented flowers.

The simple stems carrying leaves all along the apical third of the stem, the paniculate inflorescencethat is densely many flowered, the small, whitish green flowers with the tips of the teplas and lip, the trilobed lip with the lateral lobes strongly lacinate and a straight ovary distinguish this species from others.

Synonyms Epidanthus wercklei (Schltr.) Garay 1977; Neowilliamsia wercklei (Schltr.) Dressler 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 45. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 129. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 8(1): 29-30. Dressler 1981 as Neowilliamsia werclei photo fide; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 13(1-2): 217. Hagsater 1993 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Neowilliamsia tenuisulcata; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 9 plate 996 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide;