Epidendrum bugabense Hágsater 1993 GROUP Polychlamys SUBGROUP Polychlamys

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

Partial shadeColdFall

Common Name or Meaning The Bugaba Epidendrum [A District in Panama]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Panama on trees at elevations around 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect stems produced from the intermediate node of the preceding stem and carrying to 6, narrowly lanceolate-elliptic, bilobed apically, progressively larger towards the apex leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, flowers only once, from a mature stem, racemose, 4" [10 cm] long, simultaneously 4 flowered inflorecence with 6 imbricating bracts at the base and carrying red flowers without any particular orientation.

"Epidendrum bugabense belongs to the GROUP Polychlamys SUBGROUP Polychlamys characterized by the successive lateral growths arising from the middle of the previous stem carrying a few leaves towards the apex and has a distichous, apical inflorescence with prominent, conduplicate, acute, glumaceous floral bracts. The species can be identified by the lax inflorescence, the flowers spaced some .32 to .36" [8 to 9 mm], the .52 to .64" [13 to 16 mm] long and .24" [6 mm] wide sepals, the broadly rounded petals (especially evident in pressed material), the lip nearly as wide as long, and the column bent downwards in relation to the ovary, and then turned somewhat upwards. It is closely related to E. lutheri Hágsater, which has narrower, acute segments and green flowers. Epidendrum polychlamys has shorter, wider leaves, more flowers (8 to 15) on a compact inflorescence, and acute sepals .52" [13 mm] long. Epidendrum barbae Rchb. f. has acute sepals and flabellate, emarginate lip. Epidendrum cryptanthum L.O. Williams has a compact, dense inflorescence and the lip ovate, cordate at the base, with the lateral margins involute." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 115 Hagsater 1993 drawing fisde; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 154 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 381 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 829 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 883 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 911 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section