Epidendrum paranthicum Rchb.f. 1852 GROUP Epidanthus Photo by Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Inflorescence

Drawing Photo by Karl Senghas and Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Plant in situ Nicaragua Photo by and The Nicaraguan Orchidaceae Website

Part shade Warm Cool LATERSpringEARLYSummer

Common Name The Closely Alternating Epidendrum [probably refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 900 to 1560 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with simple, produced from the basal nodes of the previous stem, terete, very thin, erect stems carrying 5 to 8, distributed along the stem, alternate, more or less fleshy, erect-spreading, acicular to linear, acute, entire marginally, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the later spring and early summer on a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, distichous, erect, laterally compressed, secund, rachis somewhat zigzag, lax, successively 4 to 12 flowered inflorescence with a bract at the middle, similar to the longer than the ovary, amplexicaul, widely triangular, basally tubular, acute apically floral bract and carrying fleshy flowers.

Epidendrum sancti-ramoni Kraenzl. 1929 is often included as a synonym of this species but for now I have left them separate even though they do appear to be quite similar

Synonyms Epidanthus paranthicus (Rchb.f.) L.O.Williams 1940

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Epidanthus parnathus; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Epidanthus paranthicus drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 700 Hamer 1982 as Epidanthus paranthicus drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Part 13 Plate 1367 Hagsater 2010 drawing ok