Epidendrum celicense Hágsater & Dodson 2004 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea Photo by © Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and Hagsater and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Celica Epidendrum [A town in Ecuador where the species is found]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southwestern Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes in secondary forests and scrub at elevations of 2200 to 3000 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with erect, cane-like, terete, branching from the internodes near the apex of the previous stem and carrying 4 to 6 all along the apical 1/2 of the stem, alternate, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, truncate bilobed, margin entire to minutely crenulate leaves that blooms in the later summer to early fall on a terminal, racemose, arching, terete, 2" to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying to 30, simultaneously opening, resupinate honey colored to purple flowers with a lip that is veined in purple.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaum 2 Plate 720 Hagsater & Salazar 2004 drawing fide; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005 photo fide