Epidendrum falcivesicicaule Hágsater & E.Santiago 2016 GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP Vesicicaule

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo by Hagsater/TYPE Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The False Stem Vesicle Epidendrum [refers to the Inflated leaf sheaths clearly visible in pressed material that is the basis for this species not being E vesicaule]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia Ecuador and Peru along the Cordillera Oriental in tropical rainforests at elevations of 1900 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with cane-like, terete, thin, suberect stems enveloped basally by tubular, nonfoliar sheaths and carrying 6 to 7, all along the apical 2/3's of the stem, unequal in size, basally smaller, articulate, spreading, lanceolate, acute, minutely apiculate, apical margin papillose, subcoriaceous, apple green, leaves that blooms in the mid winter, spring and summer o na terminal, occuring only once, peduncel to 1.8" [4,5 cm] long, sub-terete, nearly totally hidden by the obliquely hemi-elliptic, conduplicate, tubular towards the base, partly imbricate spathe, rachis very short, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long overall, simultaneously 2 flowered inflorescence with very short, triangular, acute, embracijng, hedden within the spathes floral bracts and carrying resupinate, pale apple green, semen scented flowers with white calli .

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 , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 15 [2] Plate 1581 Hagsater & Santiago 2016 photo/drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Photo fide;