Epidendrum succulentum Hágsater 1988 GROUP Difforme


Photo by Eric Hagsater/ Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website


Common Name The Thick and Fleshy Epidendrum [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico in humid pine/oak forests, barranca forests and montane rainforests at elevations around 1300 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a laterally compressed, slightly flexuous, simple, cane-like, generally arcuate from the weight of the leaves stems carrying 8 to 13, all along the stem, ovate-elliptic to elliptic, rounded, very succulent, margin entire, brilliant green leaves that blooms in the spring through early fall on a terminal, occuring only once, subcorymbose, on a mature stem, erect, simultaneously 2 to 9, flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying nocturnally fragrant flowers.

" Epidendrum succulentum GROUP Difforme characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, one-flowered to many-flowered, and then corymbose, without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. The species can be recognized by the vigorous plants, with laterally compressed stems, very fleshy leaves, cordiform lip, with acute to rounded apex, and prominent, fimbriate clinandrium. It differs from Epidendrum erectifolium Hágsater & L.Sánchez by its terete stems, 3-lobed lip with the midlobe bilobed, and clinandrium obconical with erose margins." Hagsater etal 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 11: 31-32, f. s.n. Hagsater 1988 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 129 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 131 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 157 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 582 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005;