Epidendrum hesperium Hágsater & E.Santiago 2004 GROUP Elleanthoides SUBGROUP Guacamayense TYPE Photo by © J. S. Garcia Revelo

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

Part Shade Cold LATER Spring EARLY Fall

Common Name The Hesperius Epidendrum [The Western Epidendrum refers to the western cordillera where the species is found]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Choco and Antioquia departments of Colombia within bushes at elevations of 1720 to 1950 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with branching, terete, thin stems carrying all along the apical half of the stem, several, narrowly lanceolate, dorsally carinate, acute, margin minutely crenate, slightly revolute leaves that blooms in the later spring through early fall on a terminal, erect, racemose to rarely paniculate, occasionally 1 branched, erect to arching, peduncle short, hair-like, with an acuminate bract towards the apex, rachis zig-zag, successively few, to 15 flowered inflorescence with nearly as long as the ovaary, gradually shorter above, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying distichous, reddish outside, pale green inside flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 743 Hagsater & Santiago 2004 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide