Epidendrum cotacachiense Hágsater & Dodson 2009 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Cernnum Photo by © Rudy Gelis

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Inflorescence ? Photos by © Eerika Schulz and her Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Cotacachi Epidendrum [A town in Imbabura Ecuador]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found through central Ecuador on both sides of the Andes at elevations of 2700 to 3600 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial or rarley epiphyte with branching above, cane-like, terete, erect, main stem much longer than the branches, straight stems carrying 11 to 21 on the main stem, all along the stem, distichous, articulate, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic, rounded apically, slightly bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late spring through early winter on a terminal, arching, occuring only once, racemose, peduncle short, subterete, subdense, simultaneously 15 to 20 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, greenish yellow to creamy white, fragrant flowers with the dorsal side of the sepals tinged with purple brown.

CAUTION Although close, I am hesitant to determine the photos by Eerika Schulz as this species, I await verification from Eric Hagsater.

Synonyms P>References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1231 Hágsater & Dodson 2009 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 1 2019 photo fide;