Epidendrum esmeraldense Hágsater, H.Medina & E.Santiago 2013 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turialvae

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo by © H Medina/TYPE Drawing by Jimenenz and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Esmeraldas Epidendrum [A province of northern Ecuador]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in northern Ecuador in very wet monjtane forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, thin, erect, straight stems basally enveloped by tubular, nonfoliar, scarious sheaths and carrying 9, coriaceous, erect-spreadig, alternate, articulate tinged purple, unequal in size, basally smaller, elliptic-lanceolate, short-acuminate, margin entire, spreading leaves that blooms in the early winter on a terminal, erect, racemose, producing new racemes from the same peduncle for several years, peduncle to 4.4" [11 cm] long,thin, laterally compressed, erect, straight, provided with 4, tubular, ancipitous, acute bracts, rachis .6" [1.5 cm] long, 5" [12.5 cm] long overall, densely aggregated towards the apex, simultaneously 8 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying showy, glabrous flowers with the tepals ochre green, the column green along the basal half, white towards the apex, , the calli and ribs of the disc whitish, the rest of the lip magenta.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1427 Hagsater, H. Medina & Santiago 2013 photo/drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Photo fide;