Epidendrum erectifolium Hágsater & L. Sánchez S. 1993 GROUP Difforme

Photo by © Gaudi Uribe Puebla

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Erect Leafed Epidendrum

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.2 cm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico in the central plateau at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, terete, slightly flexous stems enveloped completely by leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 3 to 8, erect, sub-coriaceous to succulent, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, unequally bilobed apically, basally clasping and articulate to the leaf-bearing sheaths that blooms in the winter through spring on a terminal, subumbellate, few to several flowered inflorescence that arises on a newly matured pseudobulb carrying 9 to 11, simultaneous, resupinate, fragrant flowers.

"Epidendrum erectifolium, a member of the GROUP Difforme characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, one-flowered to many-flowered, and then corymbose, without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. The species can be recognized by the fleshy, erect leaves, 9 to 11 flowers, 3-lobed lip with the midlobe bilobed, and the clinandrium obconical with erose margin. It is similar to E. succulentum Hágsater, but the latter has spreading leaves, cordiform, acute lip, and fimbriate clinandrium. Epidendrum romanii Hágsater & Dodson, an Ecuadorean species, is also similar in habit and general shape of the lip, but in that species the leaves diverge noticeably from the stem and the petals are proportionately wider, broadly rounded." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 131 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 157 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Plate 582 Hagsater 2002 see recognition section; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #2 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018