Epidendrum latilabre Lindley 1841 GROUP Difforme Photo by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Broad Lipped Epidendrum

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Brazil, French Guiana, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests low down on tree trunks and branches at elevations around 350 to 1830 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte that is very similar to Epidendrum difforme but differs in having an obscurely 3 lobed, very broadly transverse unicaulos labellum. The plant has strongly fractiflex, compressed, ancipitous stems, terete below, gradually broader above that has a green leaf bearing, articulated, conduplicate closed sheath at each node. The leaves are succulent looking, oblong-elliptic, oval or ovate-elliptic, basally clasping, and bilobed apically and the plant blooms in the winter and early spring on a subsessile, 4 to 7 flowered, short inflorescence with sucessively opening flowers

Synonyms Amphiglottis latilabra (Lindl.) Acuña 1939; Epidendrum althausenii A.D.Hawkes 1957; Epidendrum latilabrum Lindl. 1841; Epidendrum uniflorum Barb.Rodr. 1877; Neolehmannia latilabris (Lindl.) Pabst 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 9. Panama Schlechter 1922; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:67 Schlechter 1924; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 049 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 446 Bennett & Christenson 1998 as E althausenii Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 365 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Icones Orchidacearum 8 plate 811 Hagsater & Salazar 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 896 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1202 Hagsater 2009 as E althausenii drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1202 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1249 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide