Epidendrum anisatum La Llave & Lex. 1825 GROUP Anisatum type for the group

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Epi gladiatum

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Drawing of E anisatum

Drawing by © Hágsater and The AMO Herbario Website


Common Name The Anise-Scented Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Nayarit, Jalisco, Micoacan, Guerrero, Mexico and Morelos states of Mexico at elevations around 1550 to 2300 meters mostly on oaks in wet montane, oak-pine or fir forests as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with cane-like stems enveloped completely by imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying several [10 to 15] linear-lanceolate, acute, articulated to the clasping base leaves and blooms on an apical, short racemose inflorescence enveloped by scarious bracts with several [2 to 8], fragrant [Anise] flowers.

Similar to E vandifolium but it differs in having flowers that do not smell of anise, blooms in the winter and spring and has a triangular lip apex as well as narrower leaves that are less than .8" [2cm] wide.

Synonyms Epidendrum gladiatum Lindl. 1831;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as E gladiatum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 10: 70 Schlechter 1922 as E gladiatum; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as E gladiatum; ORQUIDEA (Méx.) 9(2): 1984 drawing/photo fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 drawing fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 574 Hagsater 2002 see recognition section; Orchids of Bolivia VOl II Laelinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2004; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005;