Epidendrum chloe Rchb. f. 1856 GROUP Chloe

Photo by © Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another flower

Photo by © Eric Hunt Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.


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


Common Name or Meaning The Green Shoot Epidendrum

Flower Size 3/5" [1.5 cm]

Found in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in wet montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, grass-like, cool growing epiphyte occuring on mossy trees with erect, thin, grass-like stems carrying several, thin, linear, acuminate, basally clasping, bulging leaves held in the apical half that blooms in the late winter and spring on a terminal, laxly few flowered, to 2" [to 5 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising on a mature cane.

"Epidendrum chloe belongs to the GROUP Chloe which is characterized by the sympodial, caespitose plants with simple, very thin stems, grass-like, acuminate, sub-erect leaves, a racemose, lax, few-flowered inflorescence, and delicate flowers with a more or less cordate lip. The species is recognized by the copper-colored flowers, the somewhat 3-lobed lip, with hemi-elliptic lateral lobes and mid3-lobe apiculate.Epidendrum culmiforme Schltr. and E. wendtii Hágsater & Salazar are vegetatively very similar, but the plants are somewhat larger, with an entire, ovate-cordiform to ovate-triangular, acute lip." Hagsater etal 2010

García-Cruz 1992 compares this species with E cusii, Epidendrum examinis S.Rosillo 1984 , Epidendrum lowilliamsiiand E matudae so I have addded them all to Group Chloe which may be incorrect as most certainly E cusii does not belong here.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 710 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orquídea (Méx.) 12(2): 131-138. Garcia Cruz 1992 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 399 Hagsater, Sanchez & Garcia-Cruz 1999 see recognition section; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1315 Hagsater 2010 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1324 Hagsater 2010 see recognition sectoin; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018