Epidendrum lloense [Lindl.] Hagsater & Dodson 1992 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea

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TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website

Full Shade LATE EARLY

Common Name The Lloa Epidendrum [town Near Quito]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the western slopes in wet montane forests at elevations of 1600 to 3450 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, terete, branching towards the apex stems carrying 3 to 6, narrowly lanceolate, unequally bilobed, subcoriaceous, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late winter through early fall on a terminal, arching, racemose, simultaneously 10 to 22 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular, acuminate, gradually shorter above floral bracts carrying resupinate, membraneous, yellowish brown, rarely greenish brown flowers.

"Epidendrum lloense is part of GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea characterized by the branching plants linear-lanceolate to oblong leaves the apex bilobed, racemose, arching-nutant inflorescence, membranaceous, rarely fleshy flowers, the entire to 3-lobed, ecallose lip with the margin erose and with or without 1 to 10 thin, smooth to erose keels, the column completely free to obliquely united to the lip, the anther reniform. The species is recognized by the elongate inflorescence 2 to 4.8" [5 to 12 cm] long, with 10 to 22 flowers, greenish brown or yellowish brown in color; the petals narrowly ovate to subtrullate; the entire, subreniform lip with 5 low keels that form a concave structure at the base of the lip; the column with a very prominent and involute, column-foot. Epidendrum dolichorhachis Hágsater & Dodson has oblong petals, the lip 3-lobed; the column lacks a column-foot, and the ventral surface is provided with a pair of short, involute wings. Epidendrum gratissimum (Rchb.f.) Hágsater & Dodson, has pinkish yellow flowers, ovate petals, the column ventrally with a pair of very prominent, involute wlngs." Hagsater etal 2006

Synonyms *Diothonea lloensis Lindl. 1834; Epidendrum podostylos Hagsater & Dodson 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Diothonaea lloense; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959 as Diothonea lloense; *Orquídea (Méx.) 12(2): 296. Hagsater 1992; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 as Diothonea lloensis drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 175 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 186 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 see recognition section; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 plate 369 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 plate 374 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo good; Icones Orchidacearum 7 plate 770 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 851 Hagsater 2006 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 plate 859 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 8 Plate 876 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 see recognition section;

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