Epidendrum platypetalum Hágsater 2001 GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP Vesicicaule Photo by Š Carlos Augusto Mesa Londoņo and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Flat Petaled Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 2500 meters as small sized, cold growing, hanging epiphyte or lithophyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed stems carrying all along the stem, unequal, fleshy-subcoriaceous, progressively larger, oblique, narrowly ovate, acute, basally clasping leaves with infundibuliform sheaths that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a terminal, erect, short, 2 flowered inflorescence arising through 1 to 2 spathes with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, non-resupinate flowers.

This species is in a group of about 12 species that have often in the past been considered synomonous and are spread from Colombia to Bolivia. The separated species include E. cardiomorphum, Epidendrum calyptratoides,Epidendrum calyptratum, Epidendrum calyptrectylosum; Epidendrum chaparense, Epidendrum falcivesicicaule, Epidendrum lagotis; Epidendrum pachyclinium, Epidendrum platypetalum and Epidendrum vesicicaule


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 472 Hagsater 2001 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;