Epidendrum matudae L.O.Williams 1968 GROUP Chloe

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


Common Name Matuda's Epidendrum [Mexican Original colletor of the species current]

Flower Size .48 to .56" [1.2 to 1.9 cm]

Found in central and southwestern Mexico in pine/oak and oak forests at elevations of 1700 to 2300 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing lithophyte with caespitose, elongate, cylindrical stems carrying 10 distichous, all along the stem, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, basally deciduous leaves that blooms in the late spring through early fall on a paniculate, apical, short, many flowered inflorescence.

Epidendrum matudae is part of GROUP Chloe characterized by the sympodial, caespitose plants with simple, very thin stems, grass-like, acuminate, sub-erect leaves, a racemose, lax, few-flowered inflorescence, and delicate flowers with a more or less cordate lip. García-Cruz 1992 compares this species with E chloe, Epidendrum examinis S.Rosillo 1984 and Epidendrum lowilliamsii so I have addded them all to GROUP Chloe which may be incorrect as most certainly E cusii does not belong here.


ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Novo Galaciana Vol 16 Orchidaceae Mc Vaugh 1985; Orquídea (Méx.) 12(2): 131-138. Garcia Cruz 1992 drawing fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005;