Epidendrum atroscriptum Hágsater 1993 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum

Photo by © Bryan Ramsay and his P base Photo Website


Plant and flowers in situ as a lithophyte

Photo by © Weyman Bussey

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Dark Written Epidendrum [refers to the dark mottling on the lip]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Vera Cruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico as well as northern Guatemala in tropical rain forests at elevations of 200 to 900 meters in elevation as a medium to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with erect, cane-like stems enveloped completely by tubular leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths carrying in the apical half, 7 to 14, elliptic, acute, basally clasping and articulated to the leaf sheaths that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, arcuate, paniculate, 8 3/4" to 20" [22 to 50 cm] long, 12 to 120 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature cane and carrying successively [when the first basal flower opens the apical portion af the inflorescence has barely formed buds] opening flowers.

Epidendrum atroscriptum is part of GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum characterized by the caespitose habit with cane-like stems carrying acute to acuminate leaves usually booming on an apical inflorescence and carrying flowers with filiform petals, and a usually 3 lobed lip with 3 parallel fleshy keels, with the apical lobe often bifurcate and the "bird wing" type pollina. T%he species is related to Epi paniculatum but differs from the other Mexican [E veroscriptum, Epi roseoscriptum] relatives by being successively flowered and all others are simultaneous.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 109 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 187 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 195 Hagsater 1993 see recogntion section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1306 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo ok; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1467 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 see recognition section; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018