Epidendrum goodspeedianum A.D.Hawkes 1957 GROUP Goodspeedianum

Inflorescence Photos by © Lourens Grobler

Part sun CoolColdWinterSpring

Common Name Goodspeed's Epidendrum [Plant Collector in Ecuador and Peru 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1000 to 2450 meters as a large to giant sized, cool to cold growing lithophyte on exposed montane slopes or on exposed rock with erect then droopy, cane-like stems enveloped by leafless and leaf bearing sheaths and carrying narrowly oblong-elliptic, basally clasping, acuminate leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, paniculate, 1.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long, with 2 to 3, densely many flowered, lateral branches, arching to pendant inflorescence arising on a mature stem and has 2 to 3, basal, imbricating, narrow, acuminate bracts and narrowly triangular, acuminate floral bracts.

"E. goodspeedianum A.D. Hawkes closely resembles both vegetatively and florally Epidendrum muricatioides but it is, however, easily distinguished from E goodspeedianum by the very long bracts of the lowermost flowers of the inflorescence, much longer than the respective ovaries, the erose (not fimbriate) margins oí the lip and the sparse, translucent trichomes on the ovary and the outer surface oí the sepals (not densely muricate). Both species are easily recognized in the field by the large, bright green leaves with clearly marked veins, somewhat resembling the leaves of maize. Epidendrum calothyrsus Schltr. has muricate ovaries, very large bracts at the base of the inflorescence and the lip is deeply erose." adapted From Hagsater etal plate 161 E muricatioides 1993

Synonyms Epidendrum muricatum Rchb.f. 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as E muricatum; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum muricatum; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 470 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 161 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 047 Bennet & Christenson 1993 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo not; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo fide; Orquideologia 29: 1 Hagsater & Medina 2012 photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #4 2016 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide