Epidendrum cardiochilum L.O. Williams 1940

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Common Name The Heart-Shaped Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in southern Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in montane cloud forests, in lower mountain and mountain rainforest, occasionally in elfin forest, warm oak forest, or in pine-oak, liquidambar forests at elevations around 500 to 1400 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with fusiform, thickened pseudobulb-like stems enveloped basally by scarious, acuminate sheaths and carrying above, 2 to 3 apical, linear-oblong to ligulate, obtuse and retuse apically, carinate, basally clasping leaves and blooms in the winter on a short, terminal, arising on a newly forming stem, few flowered, racemose inflorescence.

Chiapas MX., 1280m elev., El Sumidero, seedling from a fallen branch.

"This species can be recognized by the repent plants with elongate rhizomes, and fusiform stems. It has 2 to 3 narrowly elliptic to lanceolate leaves at the apex of stems; the inflorescence with 1 to 5 yellow-green flowers; the sepals lanceolate, acuminate, the lip trilobed, with suborbicular lateral lobes, and triangular, acuminate midlobe." Hagsater etal 2002

Synonyms Epidendrum segoviense Heller 1968

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 708 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 569 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018