Epidendrum chauvetii Hágsater & L.Sánchez 1999 GROUP Difforme

Photo by © Aurélien Sambin and The Epidendrum du Groupe Difforme de Guyane Website

Plant and Flower

Photo by © Olivier and

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name Chauvet's Epidendrum [French Guianese Orchid Collector of species current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in French Guiana in rainforests at elevations around 250 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with cane-like, simple, ancipitous, flexuous stems carrying 5 to 6, all along the stem, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse leaves that blooms in the later spring through earlier fall on a terminal, occuring only once, on a mature stem, sessile, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, ovate, rounded floral bracts.

"Epidendrum chauvetii is a part of GROUP Difforme characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, one-flowered to many-flowered, and then corymbose, without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. The species can be recognized by the ancipitose stems, widely elliptic leaves, 2 to 3 green flowers with single nerved petals, reniform lip with emarginate apex, and 3 keels in the disc, column slightly arcute. It is similar to E. garcia-esquivelii from western Venezuela, which has laterally compressed stems, narrow leaves, 4 greenish white flowers, 3-nerved petals, entire lip, one keel in the disc and column with apical prominences. It differs from E. Amapense Hágsater & L. Sánchez, from French Guiana and northern Brazil, which has larger plants, laterally compressed stems, 1 to 2 flowers, petals 3-nerved and a 3-lobed lip." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 323 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of French Guiana Szlachetko, Veyret, etal 2012 drawing/photo fide; Richardiana Vol 2 Synopsis des espčces d'Epidendrum (Orchidaceae) de Guyane. 2- Groupe « Difforme » Aurélien Sambin, Diana Essers & Guy R. Chiron 02/26/2016;