Epidendrum megagastrium Lindl. 1853 GROUP Megagastrium type Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

and Common Name or Meaning The Large Bulging Belly Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.44" [3.6 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in seasonally dry forests in steep protected arroyos in the high sierras at elevations of 2900 to 3700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte and lithophyte with lateral, terete stems enveloped by tubular, scarious sheaths and branching from below the middle all carrying 3 to 4, oblong, oblong-elliptic, obliquely bilobed apically, clasping basally, thick, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the winter and summer on a terminal, subumbellate, racemose inflorescence arising from a long spathe and usually carrying 4 flowe

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 080 Dodson 1980 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 050 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 304 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 in recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 428 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 in recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 373 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 in recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 417 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 in recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 482 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 in recognition section;

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