Epidendrum brachybotrys Ackerman & Montalvo GROUP Pleuranthium SUBGROUP Dendrobii

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

Common Name The Short Bunch of Grapes Epidendrum [an allusion to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in western Panama on the continental divide at elevations around 700 to 1400 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, thick stems carrying numerous, all along the stem, grass-like, unequal, gradually smaller towards the apex, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, slightly revolute, dorsally veined, entire margined leaves that blooms in the winter on numerous, lateral, on mature stems, pluriracemose, .8" [2cm] long, simultaneously 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with nearly as long as the ovary, widely ovate, rounded floral bracts and carrying resupinate, greenish white flowers.

"Epidendrum brachrbotrys belongs to the GROUP Pleuranthium SUBGROUP Dendrobii , characterized by the caespitose habit, tall canes with numerous short, lateral inflorescences, one to several greenish flowers, each subtended by one bract. The species is characterized by the 1 to 2 flowers, entire, bicallose lip. Epidendium aggregatum Lindl. has several flowers to each racemeˇ the flowers larger, sepals about .68" [17 mm] long. Epidendrum dendrobii Rchb.f. has more numerous flowers, more rounded tepals and a bilobed lip with small, parallel calli." Hagsaer etal 2006


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidaceaum 8 Plate 813 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1534 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section;