Epidendrum diothonaeoides Schltr. 1916 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea

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Common Name The Diothonea-Like Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southwestern Colombia on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Central and northwestern Ecuador on the upper western slope of the Andes on roadbanks and cliffs in cloud froests and among bushes and weeds below at elevations of 1500 to 3150 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial with a branching above, cane-like, terete stem enveloped by tubular leafless sheaths and carrying numerous, almost all along the stem, coriaceous, alternate, narrowly lanceolate to linear, obtuse, unequally bilobed, basally clasping, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall through spring on a terminal, held close to the apex, racemose, arching, simultaneously 7 to 14 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, deltoid, acuminate floral bracts and carrying clusters of a few to several, disagreeably scented, brown to reddish brown, rarely greenish brown flowers sometimes with a white column.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 085 Dodson 1980; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 379 Dodson 1980; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 379 Dodson 1980; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 466 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 828 Hagsater 2006 drawing ok;

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