Epidendrum cuneatoides Dodson ex Hágsater 1993 GROUP Neowilliamsia Photo © by Dressler and The Epidendra Website

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

Cool LATESpring

Common Name or Meaning The Wedge Shaped Epidendrum [refers to the shape of the petals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Panama at elevations around 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, arising from at to just above the base of the previous stem, cane-like, terete basally, laterally compressed above, thin, erect stems enveloped basally by tubular, non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying 2 to 6, alternate, articulate, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, laterally compressed, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose to single branched, laterally compressed, 3.6 to 7.2" [9 to 18 cm] long including the 2.4 to 5.2" [6 to 13 cm] long peduncle, successively 8 to 10 flowered inflorescence without a spathe but has small, narrowly triangular, conduplicate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying distichous, non-resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum cuneatoides belongs to the GROUP Neowilliamsia characterized by the ancipitose stems and rachis, the rachis with conduplicate, acute bracts, distichous, usually non-resupinate flowers, the lip often digitate and the 2 to 4 pollinia with 2 hard, laminar caudicles. The species is recognized by the short stems to 3.6 to 8" [9 to 20 cm] tall with a elongate inflorescence, small, white flowers with purple spots on near the apex of the floral segments, a petaloid c1inandrium-hood, and 2 pollinia. Epidendrum wercklei Schltr. has taller plants 16 to 34" [40 to 85 cm] tall, a very showy many-flowered paniculate inflorescence, the flowers white to greenish creamy with brown-purple spots, and a c1early 3-lobed, triangular-flabellate lip. Epidendrum dwyeri Hágsater also has taller plants 20 to 32" [50 to 80 cm] tall and a paniculate inflorescence with 1 to 3 short racemes, chocolate-brown to orange flowers with transverse purple-brown bars, and a subentire lip with 2 laminar keels." Hagsater etal 2007

Synonyms *Neowilliamsia cuneata Dressler 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 9(1): 24-27 Dressler 1983 as Neowilliamsia cuneata drawing/photo fide; *Orquídea (Méx.) 13(1-2): 215-218.Hagsater 1993; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 as Neowilliamsia cuneata; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 486 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidaceaeum 9 Plate 925 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide;