Epidendrum gasteriferum Scheeren 1974 GROUP Physinga

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Scheeren and The AMO Herbario Website


Common Name The Pot-Bellied Epidendrum

Oaxaca Mx., 2134m elev., first crest of Puerto Escondido rd, on large oaks

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico at elevations of 2000 to 2400 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, cane-like, slender, sometimes more or less arching, terete stems carrying in the upper half of the stem, fleshy to slightly coriaceous, oblong-linear, acuminate, canaliculate above, rounded below leaves that blooms in the mid winter through early spring on a terminal, racemose to sometimes slightly branched, peduncle slender, terete, hidden in papery sheaths, rachis flexuous, glabrous, erect, long, reddish, successively few to several flowered inflorescence with ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acute floral bracts and carrying fleshy, greenish purple flowers with a greenish yellow lip.

"Epidendrum gasteriferum is part of GROUP Physinga characterized by the generally small, caespitose plants with an apical, racemose inflorescence that produces new racemse in time and carries successively opening flowers with only one open at a time on an elongate peduncle with acuminate bracts, an entire lip and an ovary with a prominent vesicule. The species is easily recognized by its particular vegetative characteristics, with long, thin leaves that are well spaced in the apical half of the stem and carrying an erect, branched inflorescence. The flowers are small and usually appear in succession. The flowers are greenish, with a dark trilobate lip, an arched column that is red at the apex and dilated towards the base, with a globose bladder behind the side sepals, the clinandrium at the same level as the apex of the column." Carlos Javier García-Cruz Orquidea [Mexico] 1992


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 4: 67 Scheeren 1974 photo/drawing fide; Orquídea (Mexico City). 7(3): 234. 1979 drawing/photo fide; Orquídea (Méx.) 12(2): 131-138. Garcia Cruz 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo fide