Epidendrum pumilum Rolfe 1893 GROUP Oerstedella SUBGROUP Verrucosum Photo by Andy's Orchids Copyright © 2002 All rights reserved.

Plant and Flowers Photo by © Daniel Jimenez

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Common Name The Dwarf Epidendrum [refers to the size of the described plant]

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in lower montane cloud forests as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 1600 to 2650 that has erect to slightly arching, simple, cane-like, cylindric, terete, thin stems enveloped basally by verrucose leafless sheaths and carrying several, distichous, subcoriaceous, broadly elliptic-ovate, subcordate at the base, retuse apically leaves with a terminal, 3/4 to 2 3/4" [2 to 7 cm] long, racemose inflorescence subtended by triangular bracts occuring in the fall and occasionally in the summer with simultaneous to successive opening flowers.

Synonyms Epidendrum acrochordonium Schlechter 1918; Oerstedella acrochordonia (Schltr.) Hágsater 1981; Oerstedella pumila (Rolfe) Hágsater 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 33. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as E acrochordonium; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 115. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as E acrochordonium; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 125. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 217. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as Oerstedella pumila photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1462 Atwood 1992 as Oerstedella pumila drawing fide; Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 as Oerstedella pumila; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Oerstedella pumila; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 880 Hagsater 2006; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 942 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide;