Epidendrum juergensenii Rchb.f. 1880 GROUP Anisatum

Drawing Photo by Hagsater/Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Fragrant Part Shade Cold Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name Juergunsen’s Epidendrum

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico in seasonally dry pine/oak forests at elevations of 2100 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing, sub-caespitose epiphyte with thin, cane-like stems carrying 3 to 5, clustered towards the apex, linear-lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the spring through early summer on a terminal, pluriracemose, arcuate, peduncle 1.2 to 2.4” [3 to 6 cm] long, erect, 4 to 7 imbricating, oblong-triangular, acute bracts, 2.6 to 3.6” [6.5 to 9 cm] long overall, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute, attenuate, scarious floral bracts and carrying small, nocturnally, sweetly fragrant flowers with green segments suffused with reddish brown, the lip dotted with purple and a purple anther.

This is an often confused species which may be recognized by the two or three apical leaved stem, the elongate floral scape and the greenish-pink flowers with no markings on the callus or disc and the truncate mid-lobe of the lip. Its distribution is restricted to the mountains north of the city of Oaxaca.

"This species is a member of GROUP Anisatum and closely related to it; however, Epidendrum jurgensenii is recognized by its relatively modest plants, the elongate inflorescences as long as the apical leaf or more, and the greenish flowers suffused with reddish brown which turn yellowish with age, usually with no markings, but sometimes with purple dots on the lip disc." Hagsater etal 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (1) ABRIL 1986 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 574 Garcia-Cruz 2002 drawing fide