Epidendrum brachyrepens Hágsater 1999 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Repens

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

Part shadeCool LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Shorter Leaved Epidendrum repens Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Windward Islands, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in humid forests at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing, pendent growing epiphtye with a much branching, terete, cane-like stem producing very short branches from the apex of the previous stem and carrying numerous, all along the branching stems, coriaceous, ovate, bilobed apically, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, sessile, single flowered inflorescence with 2 to 3 imbricating, conduplicate bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

Epidendrum brachyrepens is part of GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Repens Characterized by the monopodial, branching stems, the spike-like, distichous inflorescence, and the single callus. The species is very close to and has been confused with E. repens Cogn. but is distinguished by its consistently shorter leaves, .14 to .48" [4 to 12 mm] long, whereas in the latter they are .4 to 1" [10 to 25 mm] long. We have not been able to detect any obvious differences in the flowers, but we have not seen fresh flowers of the new entity. It has also been confused with E. confertum Ames & c. Schweinf. which has non-articulate, acute leaves and long, simple stems, thus giving it an appearance of a Dichaea." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 315 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 919 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 923 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 994 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1169 Hagsater 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1388 Hagsater & Salazar 2010 see recognition; ; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1390 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 See recognition section; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1515 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section;