Epidendrum gaertelmaniae Hágsater & O.Pérez 2010 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Cernuum Photo by © Padre Pedro Ortiz

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold Fall

Common Name Terry Lynn Gaertelman-Gonzalez's Epidendrum [Orchid lover and Conservationist current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the department of Cauca Colombia on the western slope of the Cordillera Central at elevations of 3300 to 3800 meters as a giant sized, cold growing monopodial lithophyte with distally branching, branches shorter than the main stem, cane-like, terete, straight, branching subapically stems carrying numerous larger along the main stem, 5 smaller along the apical half of the branches, alternate, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, bilobed, coriaceous, 4 pairs of secondary veins, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, racemose, arching-nutant, sub-spherical, peduncle terete, arching, .8" [2 cm] long, naked, rachis straight, 3.2" [8 cm] long, simultaneously 20 to 27 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, dark purple-green flowers with the calli and disc green or burnt pink that are yellow towards the base.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1334 Hágsater & Sanchez 2010 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater, Ayala and Saldana 2014 drawing/photo fide fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide