Epidendrum stamfordianum Bateman 1838 GROUP Psilanthemum

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Lip and column detail Photos by Jay Pfahl

Plant in situ about 1000 feet elevation in Chiapas heading down the Gulf slope towards Villahermosa. Growing on leguminosae, living fence trees.

Closeup of in situ flowers Photo by Weyman Bussey

Common Name Stamford's Epidendrum [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size to more than 1 1/2" [more than 3.75 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela, in seasonally dry forests on large branches at elevations of 20 to 800 meters, as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing, epiphytic species with fusiform pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 4, elliptic-oblong leaves that blooms in the winter, spring, summer and fall arising from the base of a newly formed, mature pseudobulb; one of a few species to do this in the genus Epidendrum; to 24" [60 cm] long, many flowered raceme or panicle of showy, long-lasting, fragrant flowers.

This species grows best mounted on wood with semi-shady conditions and needs a semi rest in the winter from water and fertilizer. This plant can become dormant after collecting and sit for up to 2 years before responding to cultivation.

Synonyms Auliza stamfordiana (Bateman) Brieger 1977; Epidendrum basilare Klotzsch 1843; Epidendrum cycnostachys Benth. 1881; Epidendrum cycnostalix Rchb.f 1852; Epidendrum stamfordianum var. lawrenceanum hort. ex Stein 1892; Epidendrum stamfordianum Batem. var parviflorum Regel 1856; Epidendrum stamfordianum var. pictum Lem. 1852; Epidendrum stamfordianum var. pictum Ram.Goyena 1911; Epidendrum stamfordianum var. wallacei Rchb. f. 1887; Psilanthemum basilare (Klotzsch) Stein 1892

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