Epidendrum pastoense Schltr. 1920 GROUP Cernuum SUBGROUP Sumacoense

Plant and Flowers in situ, Purace Colombia Photos by Jay Pfahl

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Common Name The Pasto Epidendrum [a City in Southern Colombia]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern Colombia and Ecuador in cold, wet cloud forests at elevations of 2800 to 3200 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, branching, woody cane-like stem carrying many, oblong, obtuse, rigidly coriaceous, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, decurved, 3" [7.5 cm] long, 8 to 12 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and with ovate to ovate lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carries very fragrant flowers.

Almost always found within bushes to help support the canes.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 142 Schlechter 1920; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 430 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 736 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1178 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1229 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1272 Hagsater 2009 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1295 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1298 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section;

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