Epidendrum gratissimum (Rchb.f.) Hágsater & Dodson 1992 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea

Photo by © Diego Calderon and his Flickr Orchid Birding Colombia Photo Website

Drawing Original Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

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Common Name The Enchanting Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" 2 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador on both sides of the Andes at elevations of 2400 to 3550 meters as a small to large sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with a branching from the mature terete, straight main stem longer than the branches and carrying 9 to 13, on the main stem, 4 to 8 on the branches, towards the apical end, alternate, suberect, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, bilobed, entire margin, minute dorsal keel leaves that blooms in the fall through late spring on a terminal, nutant, racemose, 15 to 22 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, gradually shorter and covering only a small part of the ovary and carrying simutaneously opening flowers

Synonyms *Diothonea gratissima Rchb.f. 1852;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 838 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 drawing ok; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide

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