Epidendrum amplexigastrium Hágsater & Dodson 1999 GROUP Megagastrium SUBGROUP Megagastrium Photo by © Seattle Orchids and their Seattle Orchid Website

Type Drawing Drawing © by Hágsater & Dodson and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Embracing Bellied Epidendrum [refers to the excavated, papillate, disc of the lip and the lobes that embrace it]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and northern Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 1100 to 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with thickened, the new one arising from the middle of the previous one, fleshy stems carrying 3 to 5, all along the apical half of the stem, unequal, deep green, variously colored with purple, frequently transversely barred with purple, ovate, articulate, bilobed apically, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, arising from a mature stem, occuring only once, racemose, short, 2 flowered inflorescence with the peduncle enveloped by a spathe and with much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, simultaneously opening flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaerum 3 Plate 304 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;