Epidendrum lacertinum Lindl. 1841 GROUP Coilostylis SUBGROUP Falcatum

Photo by © Patricia Harding


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

Common Name The Little Lizard Epidendrum [refers to the lips shape]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 to 2900 meters as a large sized, cool to cold, pendant growing epiphyte or lithophyte with fusiform pseudobulbs, pilose from the internodes, branching from the 2nd basal internode and carrying a few lanceolate, pointed, basally clasping, deciduous leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, arcuate, racemose, several to many flowered inflorescence that arises on a maturing pseudobulb and carrying 7 to 24, simultaneous, nocturnaly fragrant flowers.

"Epidendrum lacertinum belongs to the GROUP Coilostylis SUBGROUP Falcatum recognized by the pendent, sympodial, caespitose habit, roots only at the base of the first stems, a single, fleshy, succulent, lanceolate leaf, the large, star-shaped flowers, and the deeply 3-lobed lip. The species is recognized by the hanging plants, with fusiform pseudobulbs, compact, arcuate, many-flowered racemes, 18 to 30" [45 to 75 mm] long ovary, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, green floral segments, and by the lip having two small, obliquely triangular, lateral lobes which are bent downwards and touching each other dorsally in natural position." Hagsater etal 1990

Synonyms Auliza lacertinum [Lindl.] Brieger 1977; Coilostylis lacertina ( Lindl. ) Withner & P.A.Harding 2004 Epidendrum indusiatum Klotsch 1854;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Epidendrum lacertinum; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum lacertinum; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Epidendrum lacertinum; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as Auliza lacertinum; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 33 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 1 Plate 39 Hagsater & Sanchez 1990 see recognition section; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, the Debateable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004 as Coilostylis lacertinum photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1368 Hagsater & Dodson 2010 See Recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1529 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018