Epidendrum-hondurense-2023-06-29 *SITF confirms this plant as Epidendrum hondurense (Jul 2023).

This plant was identified to the exhibitor by Dr. Eric Hagsater, the authority in the Genus Epidendrum; Dr. Hagsater stated that this plant was definitely E. hondurense. The description and drawing for E. hondurense can be found in the ICONES Orchidacearum, Fascicle 11, The Genus Epidendrum, Part 7 by Hagsater, et. al. and ICONES Orchidacearum (16)1 (2018), Genus Epidendrum, Part 12. The inflorescences on this plant are simple racemes, not branched panicles; this characteristic along with the matching color and dimensions fits E. hondurense.

Judging Center: Great Plain Judging Center

Award Number: 20233584

Award Date: June 17, 2023

Awarded As: Epidendrum hondurense

I have this plant for a very long time. My understanding is that it was legally collected in Central American in the late 1960's. Originally labeled as Epidendrum densiflorum, which it was obviously not. Mr. Ron Parson put me in contact with Mr. Eric Hagstater who indicated that it is definitely Epidendrum hondurense. I have attached copies of documentation he provided to me. In addition he added "This species has at first flowering a simple raceme on a long peduncle which in successive years produces new racemes from the nodes of the peduncle and thus may look paniculate."

Plant > Overall length of growth/cane: up to 75 cm, 5 - 6 joints before first leaf appears

Plant Leaf > number of leaves per growth or cane: up to 14

Plant > Leaf Length: up to 14 cm

Plant > Leaf Width: 2.5

Plant > Leaf Margin: entire

Plant > Leaf Shape: narrowly lanceolate

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Length: up to 75 cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Width: 1 cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul distance between growths along rhizome:: no visible rhizome

Plant >Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Root Tip Color: green

Inflorescence > Overall Length: up to 50cm

Inflorescence > Arrangement: apical racemose

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Length: 12 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Length: 12 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Shape: terrete

Inflorescence > Ovary Color: green

Inflorescence > Ovary Texture: minutely verracose

Flower Natural Spread Length: 2.0

Flower Natural Spread Width: 1.8

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Length: 1.1

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Width: 0.35

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Length: 1.1

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Width: 0.35

Flower > Petals Length: 1.0

Flower > Petals Width: 0.05

Flower > Lip or Pouch Length: 0.8

Flower > Lip or Pouch Width: 0.


I apologize: I was sure I had uploaded the information that Mr. Hagsater had forwarded to me during our correspondence. The first was a description of Epi. hondurense Ames, Bot Mus. Leafl: 1(7). 1933. And there is a line drawing identified as Icones Orchidacearum 16(1). 2018 Plate 1625. Please contact me if you need further information. Thanks, Sarah Pratt


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