Epidendrum anisatum La Llave & Lex. 1825 GROUP Anisatum type Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

Epi gladiatum Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Anise-Scented Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

This species is a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte that is found at elevations around 1550 to 2300 meters in Nayarit, Jalisco, Micoacan, Guerrero, Mexico and Morelos states of Mexico mostly on oaks in wet montane, oak-pine or fir forests with cane-like stems enveloped completely by imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying several [10 to 15] linear-lanceolate, acute, articulated to the clasping base leaves and blooms on an apical, short racemose inflorescence enveloped by scarious bracts with several [2 to 8], fragrant [Anise] flowers.

Similar to E vandifolium but it differs in having flowers that do not smell of anise, blooms in the winter and spring and has a triangular lip apex as well as narrower leaves that are less than 2cm wide.

Synonyms Epidendrum gladiatum Lindl. 1831;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as E gladiatum; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as E gladiatum; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 574 Hagsater 2002 see recognition section;

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