Epidendrum dodii L.Sánchez & Hágsater 2001 GROUP Difforme

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

Common Name or Meaning Dod's Epidendrum [American in Dominican Republic, Orchid enthusiast current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in the northern part of Dominican Republic on trees at elevations around 300 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with cane-like, simple, laterally compressed stems carrying 5 to 8, narrowly elliptic-oblong, retuse leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, occuring only once, arising on a mature stem, to 1" [2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, cream colored flowers.

"Epidendrim dodii is member of the GROUP Difforme which is characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, single flowered to corymbose, without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. The species can be recognized by its small plants, narrow, erect leaves, inflorescence with a single, cream-colored flower, entire, cordiform, obscurely three-lobed lip, arcuate column, with two prominent lateral processes and prominent, funnel-shaped erose-dentate clinandrium. It is similar to Epidendrum sertorum but that species grows in Venezuela and has 3 to 7, wider leaves, longer, yellowish green flowers, entire lip, straight column without lateral processes. Epidendrim dodii is very different from other Caribbean species which have taller, more vigorous plants, wider leaves, inflorescences with 3 to 5 or more longer, green to yellowish green flowers and different lips." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 435 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 8 Plate 827 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 see recognition section; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014