Epidendrum dosbocasense Hágsater 1992 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Flexicaule

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

Common Name or Meaning The Rio Dos Bocas Epidendrum [A river in Veraguas Panama]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Veraguas Panama on the Pacific slope at elevations around 500 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, erect, cylindrical, producing new stems from near the apex of the previous stem carrying numerous, all along the stem, distichous, green becoming bronzed towards the apex, subcoriaceous, smooth, narrowly elliptic-ligulate, bilobed, apiculate, gradually larger towards the apex leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, sinuous, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long including the short, 1 to 2 bract covered peduncle, successively single, to 4 flowered inflorescence with slightly larger than the ovary, conduplicate, prominent, obovate floral bracts and carrying green flowers.

"Epidendrum dosbocasense Hágsater 1992 SUBGROUP Flexicaule which has a straggling plant habit, where the main stem is not very evident, and the sepals have a dorsal keel which is generally prominent. The species is recognized by the straggling, somewhat branching plants, the largest star-shaped flowers in the Subgroup, sepals .64" [16 mm] long, with spreading floral segments, ovary .08 to .92" [20 to 23 mm] long, a deep nectary, and intermediate sized leaves 1.2 to 2.68" c .24 to .4" [3 to 6.7 x 0.6 to 1.0 cm]. Epidendrum ramosum has short <2" [5 cm], wide leaves, up to .6" [15 mm], the relatively large green flowers, sepals .44" [11 mm] long, the lip constricted below the middle, .236" to .18" [6.4 to 4.5 mm], and the deep nectary without forming a prominent vesicle. It is similar to E. veraguasense Hágsater from Panama, which has white flowers, a larger lip, .32" x .24" [8 x 6 mm], constricted above the middle, and the nectary only penetrates half the ovary and forms a prominent vesicle behind the perianth. Epidendrum flexicaule Schltr. has very similar copper-green flowers but the leaves are consistently longer > 2" [5 cm], narrower < .32" [8 mm], and a larger lip, .28" x .24" [7 x 6 mm]." Hagsater etal 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquídea (Méx.) 12(2): 131-138. Garcia Cruz 1992drawing fide; Icones Orchidaceaerum 13 Plate 1327 Hagsater 2010 drawing fide