Epidendrum brachystelestachyum Hágsater, E.Santiago & Reina-Rodr. 2015 GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Macrostachyum

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo by E Pardo/TYPE Drawing by Hagsater & Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Short Column Ear Of Corn Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador on the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations around 2700 to 3400 meters as a large sized, cold growing lithophyte or terrestrial with a branching, in maturity, cane-like, terete, erect stems carrying numerous on the primary stem, 7 to 10 on the branches, all along the stems, articulate, alternate, partly spreading, unequal in size, larger on the primary stems, lanceolate-elliptic, obtuse, margin entire, slightly revolute leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, rarely paniculate, occuring only once, peduncle, 1.2" [3cm] long, terete, erect, straight, with a single median bracts, , promionent similar to the leaves, rachis to 5 to 11.2" [12.5 to 28 cm] long, terete, to 12.4" [31 cm] long overall, 6" [15 cm] long overall on the branches, pyramidial, sub-dense, [8.8 to 13.2" 22 to 33 flowered inflorescence with prominent, slightly longer than the ovary, gradually smaller in size towarsd the apex, triangular, acute, embracing floral bracts and carrying successively [half open at a time] opening, non-resupinate, fleshy flowers that are black except for the lip which is olivew green aand the column that is tinged purple.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] plate 1509 Hagsater 2015 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;