Epidendrum storkii Ames 1924 GROUP Difforme Photo by © Adam Karremans

Plant and Flowers Photo by © Daniel Jimenez


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


Common Name or Meaning Stork's Epidendrum [Original Collector of species 1900's]

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in secondary cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 2500 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like somewhat laterally compressed, flexuous stems carrying 8 to 10, smooth, narrowly elliptic, retuse and revolute apically, basally clasping leaves that are evenly distributed along the stem and blooms in the summer and early fall on a terminal, subcorymbose inflorescence carrying 2 to 4, simultaneous, weakly sweet scented flowers.

"Epidendrum storkii belongs to the GROUP Difforme which is characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, one-flowered to corymbose without spathaceous bracts, fleshy green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. The species is recognized by the somewhat laterally compressed stems, the leaves with notoriously light-colored veins, 2 to 4 simultaneous flowers, 3-lobed lip with a very small midlobe, subquadrate at the base the apex triangular, and the straight column ending in a pair of truncate fleshy sides and a prominent, fimbriate clinandrium-hood. It is similar to Epidendrum lagenocolumna Hágsater & L.Sánchez whlch has terete stems, up to 8 simultaneous flowers, the ovary with a swollen vesicle behind the perianth, and the midlobe of the lip emarginate-retuse, clinandrium-hood funnel-shaped, erose to dentate." Hagsater etal 2006

Synonyms Epidendrum difforme var. storkii (Ames) Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Schedul. Orchid. 7: 10. 1924; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as E difforme var storkii; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as e difforme var storkii; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo good; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 889 Hagsater 2006 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 936 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 950 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 968 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo ok;