Epidendrum caligarium Rchb. f. 1869 GROUP Oerstedella SUBGROUP Verrucosum Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Inflorescence Photo by © Weyman Bussey


Common Name The Booted Epidendrum [refers to the similarity between the deeply lacinate lateral lobes of the lip and a roman soldiers strapped footgear]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in central and western Panama in dry hot country on rock on stream banks as a small to large sized, hot growing epiphyic species that occurs around 350 to 400 meters with a simple, cane-like, terete, thin straight stem carrying numerous, alternate, articulate, linear, recurved, narrowly elliptic to linear-lanceolate, acute, basally clasping leaves and blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, short, few to many flowered racemose to paniculate inflorescence with numerous, simultaneously opening flowers.

Synonyms Oerstedella caligaria (Rchb. f.) Hágsater 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 as Oerstedella caligaria; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 815 Hagsater 2006 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 860 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 869 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section