Epidendrum obliquifolium Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf. 1935 GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP Obliquifolium

TYPE Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Oblique Leaved Epidendrum

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica in the Cordillera de Talamanca in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, hanging epiphyte with simple, cane-like, arising from the basal internode of the previous stem, laterally compressed, thin stem carrying 5 to 10, all along the stem, fleshy, ovate-elliptic, oblique, apex acute, margin entire, pale green leaves with transverse purple bands that blooms in the summer through fall on a terminal, erect, arising through a single, semiobovate, acute, conduplicate, oblique, covering about half the length of the ovaries spathe, short, subumbellate, peduncle hidden by the spathe, laterally compressed, simultaneously 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, inconspicuous, hidden within the spathe and carrying resupinate, light green flowers.

The small, hanging, branching stems with oblique, ovate-elliptic leaves that are rose spotted, an infundibuliform spathe that is stained with rose and green flowers with an ovate lip and an ovary that is inflated just behind the perianth distinguish this species.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 861 Hagsater 2006 drawing fide;

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