Epidendrum cleistogastrium Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Megagastrium SUBGROUP Megagastrium Photo by © Rodrigo Escobar and Epidendra Herbaria Website


Common Name The Closed Belly Epidendrum [refers to the closed flowers with an excavate disc of the lip which is not papillate which is very unusual]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found southern Colombia and northern Ecuador at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with somewhat flattened, thickened, fleshy, the new stem arising from the middle of the previous stem carrying 4 to 8, unequal, all along the stem, green, articulate, elliptic-ovate, bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the later summer and earlier fall on a terminal, occuring only once, on a mature stem, racemose, short peduncle enveloped by the spathe, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence arising through a conduplicate, narrowly obovate, obtuse spathe with much shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers with yellow flowers that are cleistogamous to partly open


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 428 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drrawingfide;