Epidendrum calacaliense Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Megalospathum TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and Hagsater and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Calacali Epidendrum [refers to the locality in Pichincha province, Ecuador of the type species]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in north central Ecuador in the upper western slopes of the Andes in montane forests at elevations of 2500 to 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a pendent, cane-like, branching from the base of the previous stem, terete stem enveloped completely by imbricating, evanescent, foliaceous sheaths and carrying 4 to 12, deciduous, all along the stem, succulent, narrowly lanceolate, acute, margin finely ciliate, light green transversely barred with purple leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, racemose, hanging, 1" [2.5 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence arising through 1, acute, conduplicate, oblique, semi-ovate, margin apically minutely dentate spathes and with much shorter than the ovary floral bracts that are enveloped completely by the spathes and carrying 2, simultaneously opening, resupinate, yellow, concolor flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaum 4 Plate 424 Hagsater & Salazar 2001 drawing fide;