Epidendrum badium Hágsater 1993 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Arbuscula


Photos by © Karl Senghas and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Type Drawing

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

Part sun Cool Spring THROUGH LATE Summer

Common Name The Brownish Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Guatemala at elevations around 1600 to 1750 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte with a terete, straight, new stem produced from an intermediate internode of the previous stem and carrying 2 to 3, towards the apex, coriaceous, smooth, green, elliptic, obscurely bilobed leaves that blooms in the spring through late summer on a terminal, occuring only once, arising on a mature stem, racemose, arcuate, laterally compressed, 4" [10 cm] long, successively 12 to 16 flowered inflorescence with 2 basal, conduplicate bracts and carrying 6 to 8, resupinate, scentless flowers open at any one time.

"Epidendrum badium is part of GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Arbuscula characterized by the successive lateral growths arising from the middle of the previous stem and carrying a few leaves aggregate towards the apex that blooms on an arching, terminal inflorescence with membraneous, colorful flowers with a bicallose lip. The species isclosely related to E . arbuscula Lindl., but can be distinguished by the midlobe of the lip about as large the the lateral lobes and separated from them by very narrow slits, the broad isthmus, the pale brown to reddish brown sepals and petals, the apex of the column and the lip ivory white to yellowish, and the flowers somewhat successive. Epidendrum arbuscula, on the other hand , has somewhat longer floral parts, the sepals about .8" [20 mm] long, the ovary 16" [40 mm] long, and the flowers are all open at the same time." Hagsater 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 110 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 808 Hagsater and Sanchez 2006 see recognition section; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018