Epidendrum gastropodium Rchb. f. 1854 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP GastropodiumPhoto by Walter Teague

Inflorescence

Plant and Flowers ensitu, Vulcan de Purace Colombia 6/07Photos by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Bulging Stem Epidendrum

Flower Size 2/5" [9mm]

Found in southern Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 3400 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or occasional terrestrial on steep banks with erect, canelike, often branched stems enveloped by long, tubular sheaths and carrying stiff, narrowly ovate, apically emarginate, distichous, basally clasping leaves and blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, short, racemose, corymb-like inflorescence with 9 to 12, simulateously opening flowers

Synonyms Epidendrum reichenbachianum Schltr. 1921; *Gastropodium violaceum Lindl. 1845

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921 as E reichenbachianum; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 drawing Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 379 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 186 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo not; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 731 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 765 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 758 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 759 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 731 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 836 Hagsater 2006 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 935 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1393 Hasater & Salazar 2010 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide

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