Epidendrum eugenii Schltr. 1920 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Gastropodium Photo by Rodrigo Escobar

TYPE Drawing Type Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Partial shade Cold LATEFall Winter

Common Name or Meaning Eugene's Epidendrum [Mssr. Langlasse', Belgian orchid collector late 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in southern Colombia at elevations around 2500 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching towards the apex, cane-like, terete, somewhat flexuous stems carrying 4 to 9 on the branches, towards the apical 2/3's of the stem, coriaceous, generally only the most apical ones are persistent, narrowly lanceolate-oblong, obtuse, smooth, minutely apiculate leaves that blooms in the late fall and winter on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, nutant, subsessile, .8" [2 cm] long including the very short, terete, thin, naked peduncle, simultaneously 20 to 25 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, narrowly lanceolate, long acuminate, floral bracts and carrying violet flowers with a yellow spot on the lip.

CAUTION!!! The photo is close to the species but Schlechter states that the violet flower has a yellow spot on the lip so please use with caution!! Rodrigo originally listed it in Vol 5 as E gastropodium and then a year later changed it to E cf nubigenium in Vol 6 of Native Orchids of Colombia. SOOOO Please use with caution!!!!

Synonyms Epidendrum nubigena Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 132 Schlechter 1920 drawing fide; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 246 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 27: 69 Colombia Schlechter 1924 as E nubigenum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren -Atlas 57: 179 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 #887 as E gasstropodium photo good; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 Errata; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005 as E cf nubigenum; Icones Orchidacearum 9 plate 935 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide to type; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing fide to type; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 as E nubigenum drawing hmm;