Epidendrum aura-usecheae Hágsater, C.Rincón-Useche & O.Pérez 2013GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Elongatum Photo © by O.Pérez and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Aura Useche’s Epidendrum [mother of the second author]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Colombia in wet montane forests at elevations around 1200 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestro-lithophyte with simple, cane-like, erect when young, arching when mature, purple at the base, pale purple in the middle, apically green stems carrying about 26, distichous, alternate, dark green, distributed throughout upper 2/3 of the stem; narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, apex obtuse, faintly bilobed, coriaceous, smooth, green, unequal in size leaves that blooms in the winter through spring on a racemose, successive, pluriracemose (producing new racemes through the time); each raceme compact, peduncle elongate, terete up to 17” [42.5 cm] long, densely, successively 12 to 16, many flowered inflorescence covered by several tubular, acute, imbricating bracts and with ovate-lanceolate, much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1410 Hagsater, Rincon-Useche, Perez drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;