Epidendrum cardiomorphum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2016 GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP Vesicaule TYPE Drawing by Hagsater & Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Heart Shaped Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in central and southern Ecuador in montane forest at elevations of 1700 to 1900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool, pendent growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, thin, straight stem carrying 6 to 10 allalong the stem, articulate, alternate, subcoriaceous, descendent, falcate, obliquely lanceolate, acute to acuminate, margin minutely papillose leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, sessile, peduncle .16" [4 mm] long, enveloped completely by the obliquely hemi-elliptic, conduplicate, acute spathe, subterete, rachis very short, simultaneously 2 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular, acute, clasping floral bracts and carrying resupinate, pale green, membraneous flowers.

This species is in a group of about 12 species that have often in the past been considered synomonous and are spread from Colombia to Bolivia. The separated species include E. cardiomorphum, Epidendrum calyptratoides,Epidendrum calyptratum, Epidendrum calyptrectylosum; Epidendrum chaparense, Epidendrum falcivesicicaule, Epidendrum lagotis; Epidendrum pachyclinium, Epidendrum platypetalum and Epidendrum vesicicaule


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 15 [2] Plate 1574 Hagsater & Santiago 2016 drawing fide;