Epidendrum zunigae Hágsater, Karremans & Bogarín 2008GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Isomerum

Photo by © Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website

Common Name Zuniga's Epidendrum [Costa Rican Original collector of species current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in very wet montane forests at elevations around 126 meters as a small sized, pendant, hot growing epiphyte with terete, somewhat flexuous, incipiently branched basally and carrying numerous, leafy throughout the stem, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, shortly mucronate, coriaceous, slightly carinate leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, very short, to 3 flowered inflorecence with amplexicaul, imbricating, ovate-oblong, rounded floral bracts that are longer than the ovary.

"Part of GROUP Ramosum characterized by having monopodial branching stems, a spike-like, distichous inflorescence as well as the SUBGROUP Isomerum which are long, pendant plants with very narrow, acuminate leaves and 1 to rarely 4 flowered inflorescence. The new species resembles Epidendrum isomerum Schltr. which has 2, 4.4 x .04 to .12" [11 x 0.1 to 0.3 cm] leaves, the inflorescence produced from short flowering branches, with a single flower, the flowers green to yellowish green, with very narrow floral segments, sepals .6 to .64" [15 to 16 mm] long, the lip rhombic-triangular, acute, with the callus "V" shaped. It is very similar to Epidendrum guanacastense Ames & C.Schweinf., which has thicker stems, and a zigzag inflorescence with 2 to 4 flowers, sepals .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long, the lip cordiform, apex rounded, callus "Y" shaped." Hagsater etal 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lankesteriana 8(2): 63. 2008; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1200 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1443 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section;