Epidendrum escobarianum Garay GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP megalospathum Photo by Jay Pfahl ©

Another Flower View Photo by © Eric Hunt

Common Name Escobar's Epidendrum [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southern Colombia in premontane and montane forests at elevations of 600 to 1700 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, pendant epiphyte with pendent, arising from near the base of the previous stem, laterally compressed stems enveloped completely by evanescent, imbricating, foliaceous sheaths carrying, articulate, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acute to subacuminate, grayish green, transversely barred with purple leaves, blooming in the spring, summer and fall on a short, simultaneously, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and carrying fleshy flowers.

E stanhopeanum, E obliquifolium, E escobarianum and E tigrifolium all have the greyish green leaves with the transverse marroon bars which is uncommon within Epidendrum.

"Epidendrum escobarianum Garay has a cordate, narrowly acuminate lip deep red in color and a small nectary which does not form a vesicle behind the sepals. E tigrifolium is closely related to Epidendrum stanhopeanum which has smaller, greenish flowers dotted with purple, the lip semicircular, deeply cordate, the margins finely dentate. Epidendrum miradoranum Dodson & Bennett is also similar but can be distinguished by the two small simple callus, orbicular, deeply cordate lip, the wider petals .2 vs .8" [5 vs 2 mm], the nectary not being narrowed at the middle of the column. E obliquifolium Ames, F. T. Hubb. & c. Schweinf. and Epidendrum plagiophyllum Hágsater have much smaller flowers. All plants except E. miradoranum and E. plagiophyllum have the leaves marked with transverse maroon bands." Hagsater etal 1999" Hagsater etal 1999 adapted from E tigriphyllum

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 370 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 in recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 387 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 424 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 474 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------