Seed propagation
epiphytic orchid
Epidendrum conopseum

How to Cite

Zettler, L. W., Delaney, T. W., & Sunley, J. A. (1998). SEED PROPAGATION OF THE EPIPHYTIC GREEN-FLY ORCHID, EPIDENDRUM CONOPSEUM R. BROWN, USING ITS ENDOPHYTIC FUNGUS. Selbyana, 19(2), 249–253. Retrieved from


Seed propagation of the epiphytic orchid, Epidendrum conopseum, using a naturally occurring fungus is reported for the first time. The fungus was isolated from roots of a mature E. conopseum specimen, and was identified as an Epulorhiza sp.—a genus rarely documented in epiphytic orchids. The symbiotic nature of the isolate was confirmed using the technique of symbiotic seed germination. Leaf-bearing seedlings of E. conopseum were obtained 71 days after seeds were inoculated with the fungus in vitro. Our study has practical applications for orchid conservation (i.e., restoration ecology) because we utilized the often ignored fungal component to propagate an orchid.


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