Epidendrum oxyglossum Schltr. 1923 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Rugosum

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Plant and Flowers

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Common Name The Pointed Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in rain and cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 1600 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, terete, flexuous, becoming elongate and recumbent with age and giving rise to new erect growth and flowering stems carrying numerous, articulate, narrowly oblong-elliptic, unequally bilobed apically, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the fall on an apical, erect, short, single flowered inflorescence arsing from the short, flowering branches carrying non-resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum oxyglossum Schltr. belongs to the GROUP Ramosum which is characterized by the monopodial, branching stems, the spike-like, dístichous inflorescence, and the single callus and the SUBGROUP Rugosum which has few-flowered inflorescence from short, secondary stems, the leaf-sheaths rugose. The species can be recognized by the flexuous main stem with ancipitose sheaths, narrow, oblong-elliptic leaves, single flowered inflorescence, .6 to .8" [15 to 20 mm] long, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate sepals and the long acuminate, ecallose lip with evident thickened veins. It is somewhat similar to Epidendrum lancilabium Schltr. which has very narrow, semiterete leaves, .32 to .36" [8 to 9 mm] long sepals." Hagsater etal 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 40. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 27: 71 Colombia Schlechter 1924 = E dunstervillei; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 969 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo ok; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;