Epidendrum jimenezii Hágsater 1999 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Flexicaule

Photo by © Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name Jimenez' Epidendrum [original collector of species]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found on the Isla de Coco on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica at elevations of sea level to 100 meters as a large to giant sized, pendant, hot growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, straight, somewhat laterally flattened, secondary growths short, giving rise to tertiary stems and carrying narrowly lanceolate, bilobed, subcoriaceous leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an apical, arising from the secondary stems, occurring only once, sessile, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with conduplicate, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Epidendrum jimenezii is part of the GROUP Ramosum which is characterized by the monopodial, branching stems the spike-like distichous inflorescence, and the single callus, and the SUBGROUP Flexicaule which has a straggling plant habit, where tne main stem is not very evident, and the sepals have a dorsal keel which is generally prominent. The species is recognized by its 1 to 2 white flowers with 3-veined petals produced from a secondary stem some .48" [12 cm] long and the relatively large leaves, 2.4 ro 3.2' [6 to 8 cm] long. It is superficially similar to E. insulanum with which it has been confused, both being sympatric, though this species has shorter secondary stems, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, and leaves up to 2' [5 cm] long, thus being less robust and smaller overall. Epidendrum cocoense Hágsater , also endemic to Cocos Island, has successive stems 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, lacking diversified main stems and branches, is thus quite different in its vegetative structure, the flowers are lemon-yellow, and the petals are 5-veined." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 341 Hagsater 1999 Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 325 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 11 2006 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 840 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 948 Hagsater 2007see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1382 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 See recognition section;