Epidendrum diphyllum Schltr. 1920 GROUP Mancum SUBGROUP Cylindraceum Drawing by © Jimenez & Hagsater and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Two Leaved Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cauca and Narino departments of Colombia on the upper eastern slopes of the Cordillera Occidental at elevations around 3000 to 3120 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed stems enveloped almost completely by 2 to 3, partly imbricating, laterally compressed, acute, papery sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, towards the apex of the stem, elliptic, coriaceous, unequally bilobed leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, arising through a single, persistent, acute, long spathe, racemose, arching, to 6" [15 cm] long, peduncel to 3" [7.5 cm] long, rachis to 3" [3.5 cm] long, simultaneously to more than 20 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers with the tepals olive yellow and the lip white with violet dots.

Synonyms P>References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 130 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 246 Schlechter 1920; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1239 Hágsater & Sanchez 2009 Drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater, Ayala and Saldana 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;