Epidendrum ingramii Hágsater & García-Cruz GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Alberti

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

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Common NameIngram's Epidendrum [American former curator at Selby current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, laterally compressed, erect stems and carrying all along the stem, elliptic, acute leaves that blooms in the summer to mid fall on a terminal and lateral from the internode at the base of the leaf sheath, racemose, producing successive racemes over years, peduncle short, enveloped completely by imbricating, progressively longer and acuminate bracts, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with ovate-acuminate, conduplicate floral bracts.

Separated from others by the notable, long-acuminate floral bracts with only the first and second of the inflorescence short and rounded apically, the white to greenish white flowers with the tepals that are .88 to 1" [2.2 to 2.5 cm] long and a heart shaped, acuminate lip.

"Epidendrum ingramii part of the GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Alberti characterized by the caespitose habit, with numerous green to purple colored leaves, the laterally flattened stems with apical, and lateral inflorescence, the apical one with an anciptitose peduncle terminating in a conduplicate, spathaceous bract somewhat larger but similar to the floral bracts, and one to several racemes of imbricating, conduplicate, rounded,bracts which produce flowers one at a time. The species is closely related to Epidendrum albertii but can be recognized by its white or greenish-white flowers, the .88 to 1" [22 to 25 mm] long sepals and petals, the cordiform, acuminate lip and the notably acuminate floral bracts, with only the first 1 to 2 bracts of the inflorescence short and obtuse to rounded. E. albertii has reddish-green flowers, sepals .48" [12 mm] long, the lip ovate, base cordate, acute, .24" [6 mm] long and the floral bracts are not acuminate but rounded and relatively short. E. notabile Schltr. from Costa Rica and Panama has greenish-white flowers, the floral segments elliptic, petals and lip with the margins denticulate, the lip subquadrate, base cordate and minutely apiculate. Epidendrum ingrabrachyphyllum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2013 from Cali-Buenaventura in Colombia has similar shaped green flowers and the inflorescences have wide, rounded bracts that are massive in comparison." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 3 plate 338 Hagsater & Salazar 1999 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 741 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 715 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 9 Plate 903 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 965 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1442 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section;