Epidendrum magnificum Schltr. 1918 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Arbuscula


Photos by © Weyman Bussey

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

Common Name The Magnificent Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Guerrero state of Mexico in cloud forests of at altitudes of 1800 to 2600 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with ascending terete, reed-like canes, each one arising from an intermediate internode of the preceding cane and carrying distichous, clustered towards the apex of the cane, narrowly elliptic to narrowly lanceolate, acute, coriaceous, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, short, arcuate to pendant, racemose, umbelliform, 10 to 70 flowered inflorescence with simultaneously opening flowers.

"A species of the GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Arbuscula, characterized by the erect sympodium, rooting at the base of the plant and at the base of the upper shoots, bright colored flowers, and 3-lobed lips. It is distinguished from its allies by the magenta to pink flowers, on a many-flowered, elongate raceme. Epidendrum camposii Hágsater y E. greenwoodii Hágsater, both from Oaxaca and southwards, are closely related, but E. camposii has pale pink to whitish flowers and entire lip lobes; E. greenwoodii has orange-colored lo ochre flowers, and the lip is white with a very short midlobe." Hagsater etal 2002

Synonyms Epidendrum sylvettei Hágsater 1974

ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ORQUIDEA (Méx.) 10 (2) 1987 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 The Genus Epidendrum Part 1 Plate 118 Hagsater 1993 recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 162 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 575 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing ok; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo ok; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018