Epidendrum romero-castannedae Hágsater & L.Sánchez 2006 GROUP Difforme TYPE Drawing by © R Jimenez M and The AMO Herbaria Website

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Common Name Romero Castaneda's Epidendrum [Colombian Botanist and collector of the type 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in easternmost Panama and northwestern Colombia around the Golfo del Darien at elevations of 10 to 700 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compresssed stems carrying 4 to 7, elliptic, all along the stem, unequally bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, without a spathe, on a mature stem, occurring only once, sessile, subcorymbose, simultaneously 1 to 5 flowereed inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, apiculate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, light green flowers.

"Epidendrum romero-castannedae 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, wlthout spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish green rarely white flowers. The new species can be recognized by its laterally compressed stems, elliptlc leaves, 1 to 5 pale green flowers with an inflated ovary, sepals and petals narrowly elliptic, obscurely 3-lobed lip, disc with prominent, radiating veins, clinandrium-hood prominent, erose-fimbriate. Epidendrum vulgoamparoanum has wider leaves and elliptic-oblanceolate petals. Epidendrum yojoaense Hágsater & L.Sánchez has light glaucous-green plants, with petals rhombic, acute, lip obscurely 3-lobed-reniform, and a short, erose clinandrium-hood." Hagsater etal 2006


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 802 Hagsater and Sanchez 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 8 Plate 842 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 882 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 8 Plate 898 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 972 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1421 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1533 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section; Orchids of the Darien Gap Kolanowska 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing ok;