Epidendrum ariasii Hágsater & Dodson 2004 GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Macrostachyum Photo by © Juan Medinas Duenas.


Common Name Arias' Epidendrum [Ecuadorean Orchid Nurseryman Current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in central Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 3400 to 3700 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect, branching when mature, cane-like, terete, shortly branching stems carrying 5 to 6, on the branches, along the apical 2/3's of the stem, alternate, spreading, lanceolate-elliptic, somewhat rounded apically, low dorsal keel, minutely crenulate marginally, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the spring through summer on a terminal, erect, occuring only once, racemose, short, thick inflorescence with the peduncle bractless and the rachis completely enveloped by prominent, half to nearly as long as the ovary, widely triangular-ovate, gradually smaller apically, spreading floral bracts and carrying to 45, resupinate, successsively opening, 3 to 6 open at a time, fleshy flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Part 7 Plate 707 Hagsater 2004 drawing fide