Epidendrum platyclinium Hágsater & Dodson 1999 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Fritzianum

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Photos by © Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

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

Part Sun HotWarm Spring

Common Name The Broad Clinandrium Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador around Loja province at elevations of 2600 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing caespitose terrestrial or epiphyte with laterally compressed, short, branching stems carrying 4 to 14, ovate-elliptic, apiculate leaves that blooms in the spring without a spathe on an apical, erect, peduncule terete, thin, 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, enveloped by 1 to 3 tubular, acute conduplicate slightly to not imbricate bracts, racemose, simultaneously 8 to 30 flowered inflorescence with 1/4 to 1/2 the length of the ovary, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum platyclinium is part of GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Fritzianum characterized by the monopodial stems branched above, the ovate to ovate-elliptic, acute to short-acuminate leaves, lateral sepals obliquely united to the base of the column, and clearly 3-lobed lip. The species caespitose habit, with short, branching stems, the leaves ovate-elliptic, apiculate, recall species of the genus Maxillaria section Camaridium, however, the apical, elongate, many-flowered inflorescence, yellow flowers with the apex of the column and lip reddish, disc white, are somewhat reminiscent of an Encyclia, the 3-lobed lip and very prominent clinandrium make this species very distinct. It seems closely related to Epidendrum scabrum, but that species has a short, paniculate inflorescence, yellow flowers and a short clinandrium." Hagsaer etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 371 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [2] Plate 1574 Hagsater & Santiago 2016 see recongnition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [2] Plate 1599 Hagsater & Sanchez 2016 see recognition section;