Epidendrum wercklei Schltr. 1906GROUP Neowilliamsia Photo by © J-Luc Rubrecht and The Stanhopea Passion Blog Website


Common Name or Meaning Werckle's Epidendrum [German Orchid Collector early 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in montane forests at elevations around 1500 to 1830 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with a simple, cane-like, branching, from the lower internodes of the previous, terete towards the base, laterally compressed above, thin, erect, straight stem enveloped basally by nonfoliaceous, tubular sheaths and carrying up to 9, throughout the apical half, lowermost deciduous, alternate, articulate, suberect, ancipitose, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, minutely apiculate, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the later summer and early winter on a terminal, occuring only once, erect, peduncle short to 1.5" to 4.4" [3.7 to 11 cm] long, laterally compressed, ancipitous, straight, rachis, 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long, paniculate, ancipitous, fractiflex, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, ancipitous, acute, tubular below and conduplicate above bracts and small, 1/3 as long as the ovary, deltoid, acute, ancipitose floral bracts and carrying coconut scented flowers.

Synonyms *Neowilliamsia tenuisulcata Dressler 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 8(1): 29-30. Dressler 1981; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 13(1-2): 217. Hagsater 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 as Neowilliamsia tenuisulcata; Icones Orchidacearum 9 plate 996 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide;