Epidendrum beharorum Hágsater 1993 GROUP Spathiger SUBGROUP Coriifolium

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

Part sun CoolCold LATESpring THROUGH MIDfall

Common Name Behars' Epidendrum [Guatemalan Orchid Enthusiasts current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Guatemala in mixed forests at elevations of 1200 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, terete, erect stems and carrying 3 to 5, distichous, all along the stem, subcoriaceous, linear-elliptic, unequally bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late spring through mid fall on a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, distichous, erect, zig-zag, laterally compressed, ancipitose, several to many flowered inflorescence arising on a mature growth, with as long as the ovary, long-triangular, conduplicate, spreading not imbricating floral bracts and carrying 8 to 14, successively opening, to 5 open at a time, secund, green flowers with the sepals somewhat tinged with purple.

"Epidendrum beharorum is a part of the GROUP Spathiger SUBGROUP Coriifolium characterized by the sympodial habit, coriaceous leaves, and the racemose, distichous inflorescence carrying fleshy green to purplish flowers. The new species is distinguished by the elongate,terete stem with 3-5 linear-eIliptic leaves, the long inflorescence with long, narrow, spreading, truncate bracts, the 3 to 5 open at the same time, successive flowers and the 3-veined petals. It has been confused with E. coriifolium, from Mexico and Guatemala, which has short, compact plants, an inflorescence about as long as the apical leaf, and simultanecus flowers. Epidendrum allochronum Hágsater produces one flower at a time and has single nerved petals appressed against the lateral sepals. Epidendrum magnibracteatum has acute bracts. Epidendrum summerhayesii Hágsater has short, imbricating, rounded bracts dotted with purple.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 104 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 112 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 116 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 313 Hagsater 1999 see recogntion section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 408 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1154 Hagsater 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1228 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018