Epidendrum bractiacuminatum Hágsater & Dodson 1999 GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Aquaticum

Plant and Flowers in situ

Light Color Flower

Light color form in situ on steep roadbank

Photos courtesy of Joseph Dougherty

Cold LATEto

Common Name The Gradually Tapering Floral Bract Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 2100 to 2200 meters along a cold road through the Guacamayo Cloudforest Reserve as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect, branching above with age stems carrying narrowly lanceolate, acute, the margin apically finely erose leaves that blooms from late spring to fall with a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, erect, slightly flexuous, 5.2 to 8" [13 to 20 cm] long, almost simultaneously 11 to 12 flowered inflorescence arising on the main stem or on mature branches with the color variable flowers pressed by the gradually tapering, curved, twice as long as the flowers, ovate, long-acuminate, undulate margin floral bracts.

This species is similar to E macrostachyum but it differs by the long, acuminate floral bracts from which the flowers arise,

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 The Genus Epidendrum Part 2 Plate 317 Hagsater 1999 drwaing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 790 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1349 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section

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