Epidendrum aenigmaticum Hágsater & Dodson 2007 GROUP AlpicolumTYPE Drawing by © Hágsater & Dodson and Epidendra Website


Common Name The Enigmatic Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador on the Pacific coast at elevations around 2000 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete below, ancipitose above, thin, slightly flexuous stems carrying 6, along the apical half, alternate, subcoriaceous, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, prominent dorsal keel, margin entire, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the late summer on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, arching-nutant, laterally compressed, thin, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped almost completely by the 1 or 2, tubular below, conduplicate above, acute to acuminate, ancipitose spathaceous bracts and with linear-triangular, acuminate, nearly twice as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying 26 to 60, rapidly opening in succession, from the apex towards the raceme, lip oriented towards the rachis, diurnally fragrant flowers with the tepals greenish on the bask and brown orange on the inside, a brown orange lip, and a white column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 902 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;