Epidendrum erica-moroniae Hágsater & E.Santiago 2016 GROUP Epidendropsis SUBGROUP Gracillimum Photo by © Erica Moron and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name Erica Moron's Epidendrum [Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in northern and southern Peru and into Bolivia on the Amazon slope of the Cordillera Oriental in dry scrub forest at elevations of 1700 to 2300 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, short, cane-like, basally terete, laterally compressed towards the apex, thin stems enveloped basally by non-foliar, tubular, minutely striated, scarious sheaths and carrying 4 to 7, all along the stem, sub-spreading, straight, linear, acute, coriaceous, slightly revolute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late fall through spring on a terminal, paniculate, erect, peduncle 2.8 to 3.4" [7 to 8.5 cm] long, thin, ancipitous, fractiflex, 2 to 4 bracts all along, tubular, ancipitous basally, conduplicate in the spical half, apically subacute bracts, rachis thin, terete, 5 to 5.2" [12.5 to 13 cm] long, with 4 to 6 branches each .6 to 1.4" [1.5 to 3.5 cm] long, each branch perpendicular to the main rachis, each branch 8 to 17 flowered, simultaneously [exept for some of the apical branches] 30 to 70 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular, long-acuminate, embracing floral bracts and carrying small, membraneous, lip always facing the rachis, greenish brown, turning purple pink flowers with the apex of the column purple.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 15 [2] Plate 1580 Hagsater & Santiago 2016 drawing fide