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Orchid Species: Epidendrum conopseum

Epidendrum conopseum is an orchid species identified by R.Br. in W.T.Aiton in 1813.
Epidendrum (Epi.)
R.Br. in W.T.Aiton
ORIGIN: Found in Florida and Mexico.

DESCRIPTION: Miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic or rarely lithophytic orchid commonly refered to as the green-Fly Orchid which is found on trees in low woods and cypress swamps where it flowers mainly from mid-fall through the end of spring on a terminal, basally sheathed, lax, erect, short to 6 1/2 [16.5 cm], raceme with long lived, fragrant flowers which have a lip shaped like a green fly, hence the common name. This species has thick fleshy roots, a simple reed-like stem enveloped by tubular, scarious sheaths and carries 2 to 3, articulate, narrowly elliptic, acute, sub-coriaceous leaves.

FLOWER SIZE: To 3/4 inch [to 2.3 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Epidendrum Epi magnoliae 1813 Muhl. ex Hágsater
Add+ Amphiglottis Amph conopsea 1933 (R.Br.) Small
Add+ Larnandra Larn magnolia 1825 (Muhl.) Raf.
Add+ Larnandra Larn conopsea 1837 (R.Br.) Raf.
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  1. John Marmaro
    12 months ago
    The species epithet "magnoliae" has just recently been proven to be invalid (when Muhlenberg published "magnoliae", its derivation was listed merely as "Car.", which invalidates the publication, so the plant's valid name is, after all, Epidendrum conopseum.

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