Epidendrum chaoticum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2009 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Fritzianum TYPE Drawing by Jimenenz and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Chaotic Epidendrum [refers to the chaotic story of this species]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Azuay Ecuador and Huanuco Province of Peru on the upper Amazon slope of the Andes at elevations of 2370 to 2900 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, straight, branching above, branches shorter than the main stem carrying numerous on the main stem, all along the apical 2/3's, alternate, articulae, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, obtuse leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, suberect, racemose, peduncle short, naked, lax, successively 8 to 12 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, fleshy, green suffused with pale yellowish purple flowers.

CAUTION Originally described as E aurorae but that name's basionym was E polyphyllum and it was previously published by Vell. in 1831 thereby being illegal. Hoehne used E fritizianum to describe that species so thereby both E aurorae [only the text] and E polyphyllum are synonyms of E friztianum. To top it off Bennett & Dodson used a drawing for E aurorae that was another species, which now is described as E chaoticum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 57 Bennett & Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1219 Hágsater & Santiago 2009 as E aurorae Dodson & Benntett Drawing/photo fide