Epidendrum cleistocoleum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2004 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea photo by © Eric Hagsater

Another Flower? photo by © David Haelterman and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Cold Fall THROUGHSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Closed Vagina Epidendrum [refers to the long narrow slit on the ventral side of the column]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in west central Colombia on both the Cordillera central and Occidental at elevations of 2000 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching near the apex, cane-like, terete stems carrying 8 to 12, all along the stem, narrowly lanceolate, minutely bilobed, dorsally keeled, somewhat revolute leaves that blooms in the fall through spring on a terminal, from the main stem and branches, racemose, nutant, arching, simultaneously 5 to 9 flowered inflorescence without a spathe, and shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers with sepals that are greenish brown witrh red dots, petals that are reddish and a dark red to purple lip with the veins tinged red


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaeum 7 Plate 726 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 drawing fide; Orquideologia VOl 24 #2 2005 photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide