Epidendrum mixtecanum Hágsater & García-Cruz 1993 GROUP Anisatum

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TYPE Drawing

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Common Name The Mixteca Epidendrum [refers to the Mixteca region of Oaxaca]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico in mixed humid forests at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters as a small to large sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, terete, cane-like stems enveloped by thin, scarious older leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2 to 12, towards the apex, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, acute, basally clasping and articulate to the leaf bearing sheaths that blooms in the fall, winter and early spring on a terminal, occurs over several years from the same peduncle, arcuate, with one to several racemes, 1.6 to 4.8" [4 to 12 cm] long, dense, simultaneously 10 to 25 flowered inflorescence with 2 to 5, basal, imbricating, oblong-triangular, tubular, larger than the much shorter than the ovary, free, triangular, attenuate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, fleshy flowers.

Closely related to E costatum, E guerrerense, E hueycantenangense which has the lip obscurely lobed and E oaxacanum, which differs in the lateral lobes of the lip with margins entire and the yellowish-green flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 146 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 158 Hagsater 1993 drawing fide