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

Inflorescence

Plant and Flowers in situ, 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, cane-like, 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, to .8" [2 cm] long, racemose, corymb-like inflorescence with 9 to 12, simultaneously opening, flowers.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 247 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 83 Ecuador Schlechter 1921 as E reichenbachianum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren-Atlas 57: 360 Schlechter 1929 as E reichenbachianum drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 drawing Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 379 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 186 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; 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; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005 photo fide; 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; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide

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