Epidendrum insolatum Barringer 1991 publ. 1992 GROUP Epidanthus

Inflorescence and Plant

Photos by © Franco Pupulin and The Epidendra Website


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

Part sunWarm Spring THROUGH LATESummer

Common Name The Sun Exposed Epidendrum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in tree tops at elevations of 550 to 900 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with simple, produced from the 1st or 2nd node from the base of the previous stem, cane-like, thin, very short, straight stems carrying 3 to 10, all along the stem, very fleshy, alternate, subterete, oblong-elliptic, subacute, entire margined leaves that blooms in the spring through late summer on a terminal, erect, occuring only once, racemose, laterally compressed, distichous, secund, provided with towards the middle, 1 to 2 bracts similar to the floral bracts, rachis slightly zigzag, 7 to 10 flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary, basally amplexicaul, triangular, acute, with a high dorsal keel towards the apex floral bracts.

"Epidendrum insolatum belongs to the GROUP Epidanthus, which is characterized by short small, somewhat scandent plants with very thin stems, very narrow, more or less fleshy leaves, with a small, narrowly triangular, acute ligule opposite the blade, an apical, distichous, usually secund inflorescence, and 2 or 4 pollinia. The species is recognized by the small plants, robust stems compared to the rest of the group, oblong-elliptic, very fleshy-coriaceous leaves, the dull ochre, concolor flowers, with the dorsal sepals and petals reflexed . All other species of thls group have delicate, thin, narrow leaves and grow in moss covered branches where they are are shaded from full sun." Hagsater etal 2010

Synonyms Epidanthus crassus Dressler 1983; Epidendrum crassus (Dressler) Mora-Ret. & García Castro 1990 publ. 1991

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideas 9 [1] 1983 as Epidanthus crassus drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Epidanthus crassus; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 947 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1367 Hagsater & Sanchez 2010 See recognition section;