Epidendrum linearidiforme Hágsater & L.Sánchez 1999 GROUP Difforme

Photo by © Aurélien Sambin and The Epidendrum du Groupe Difforme de Guyane Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Full Shade HotWinter

Common Name The Linear Leafed Difforme Group Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in French Guiana and Surinam near the coast at lower elevations as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with simple, reed-like, terete, flexuose stems carrying 2 to 3, ascending, linear-lanceolate, bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the winter on an apical, sessile, single flowered inflorescence with a floral bract that is much shorter than the ovary and carrying resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum linearidifforme is part of the GROUP Difforme characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, one-flowered to many-flowered, and then corymbose, without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. The species can be recognized by its short plants, with terete, flexuose stems, linear-lanceolate ascending leaves, 2.2 x .24" [5.5 x 0.6 cm], elliptic to oblanceolate sepals, linear-oblanceolate petals, 3-lobed lip, lateral lobes subsquare. It is similar to Epidendrum amapense which is 4.8 to 6.8" [12 to 17 cm] tall, with elliptic leaves, semiovate lateral lobes of the lip and a prominent, deeply erose-dentate clinandrium. Epidendrum oldemanii E. A. Christenson has 3 to 5, 4 to 4.8" x .64" [10 to 12 x 1.6 cm] elliptic leaves, single veined petals, reniform-bilobulate lip without any midlobe, strongly convex, column with hooded, fringed, dentate clinandrium. The other species with linear leaves is E. angustatum (Hashimoto) Hágsater, from Ecuador which has terete stems, 9 to 11 leaves, 3 simultaneous flowers with an entire, reniform lip." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidaceae 3 plate 346 Hagasater & Dodson 1999 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 414 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1393 Hasater & Salazar 2010 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1502 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section; Orchids of French Guiana Szlachetko, Veyret, etal 2012 drawing/photo fide; Richardiana Vol 2 Synopsis des espčces d'Epidendrum (Orchidaceae) de Guyane. 2- Groupe « Difforme » Aurélien Sambin, Diana Essers & Guy R. Chiron 02/26/2016 ;