Epidendrum veroscriptum Hágsater 1993 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum

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Common Name The Lettered Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica at elevations of 700 to 1700 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, terete, straight, cane-like stems carrying 7 to 14, all along the upper half, tubular, striate, smooth sheaths, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an apical, without a spathe, occuring only once, peduncle lightly compressed, usually without bracts but occasionally 2, rarely 4, tubular, acuminate, conduplicate, bracts, suberect to arcuate, branching, 4.8 to 18" [12 to 45 cm] long, densely 12 to 200 flowered inflorescence with very short, 2/3's as long as the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying cloud of many 1", scentless flowers, the thin sepals and petals are emerald green with an intricate white moustache lip that's finely spotted purple.

"Epidendrum veroscriptum is a member of GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum characterized by the caespitose habit with cane-like stems carrying acute to acuminate leaves usually booming on an apical inflorescence and carrying flowers with filiform petals, and a usually 3 lobed lip with 3 parallel fleshy keels, with the apical lobe often bifurcate and the "bird wing" type pollina. The subgroup also ineludes E atroscriptum Hágsater and E. roseoscriptum Hágsater. Epidendrum veroscriptum is distinguished by having 1 to 2 or no bracts at the base of the inflorescence, simultaneous flowers, the apical lobes of the lip well separated from the basal lobes and divaricate, and the markings of the lip deep purple and forming a circle around the disc, with few to many dots on the center of the disc itself. Markings may vary from year to year. Plants from the Pacific slope of Mexico may have few or no markings on the lip." Hagsater 1993

Synonyms Epidendrum scriptum A. Rich. & Galeotti

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979 as E scriptum; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as E scriptum drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 736 Dodson 1982 as E scriptum drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 742 Dodson 1982 as E scriptum see observations; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 2 1983 as E scriptum photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1983 as E scriptum; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 109 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 183 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 195 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1132 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 See recognition; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1160 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1467 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 see recognition section; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018