Epidendrum antonense Hágsater 1993 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turialvae

Photo by © Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Side View of Flowers

Photo by © Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Anton Epidendrum [The Anton Valley, Panama, where the species was first found]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Panama on both sides of the continental divide in wet montane forests near rivers and above dams at elevations around 70 to 800 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a cane-like, erect, ancipitous stem mostly enveloped by scarious, tubular old leaf sheaths and carrying a few to several, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, grass-like, purple leaves that are basally clasping and blooms in the later summer on a terminal, erect then arching, 4" [10 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence that can rebloom for years and has simultaneous, non-fragrant, resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum antonensis belongs to the GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turialvae characterized by a racemose and few-flowered inflorescence on an elongate peduncle, usually producing new racemes over the years and thus pluriracemose. The species resembles vegetatively E. turialvae, with similar long, narrow, acuminate leaves, and elongate, racemose, subcorymbose, few-flowered inflorescence, but the flowers are smaller, the lip .28 to .32" [7 to 8 mm] long, and the plants appear to be somewhat smaller too. It is easily recognized by the deep olive green sepals and petals and the deep purple , fleshy lip which makes it one of the d arkest-flowered species in the genus. It is also related to E. rodrigoi Hágsater, which has a light pink, somewhat hyaline lip and is found in Colombia.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 108 Hagsater 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 181 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1193 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Le Petit Larousse des Orquidees Lecoufle, Barthelemy and Schmidt 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;