Epidendrum pudicum Ames 1923 GROUP Difforme

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Common Name The Modest Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in western Panama at elevations around 1400 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, somewhat laterally compressed, flexuous stems and carrying 8 to 10, all along the stem, obliquely ascending, sulcate, linear, obtuse to obscurely bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, occuring only once, sessile, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying successively opening, resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum pudicum 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, single flowered to corymbose without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish green, rarely white flowers. The species can be recognized by its laterally compressed stems, linear, obliquely ascending, .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] wide leaves, 1 to 2, small, simultaneous flowers, colored waxy white with a faint tinge of green, 3-veined sepals, single-veined petals, and the lip cordiform to obscurely 3-lobed, with semi-orbicular lateral lobes, a midlobe triangular-truncate, and a prominent, fimbriate clinandrium-hood and subglobose calli. It is similar to Epidendrum firmum Rchb.f. which has somewhat wider leaves, pale green flowers, and a 3-lobed líp with a subquadrate midlobe." Hagsater etal


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 878 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006drawing fide;