Epidendrum imperator Hágsater. 2004 GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Elongatum

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Sun Cool to Cold WinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Majestic Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia on the central cordillera at elevations of 1700 to 2500 meters on rocks as a giant sized, cool to cold growing lithophyte with cane-like terete stems carrying 12 to 16, ovate, apically bilobed, coriaceous, basally clasping leaves that can bloom at most any time of the year on a terminal, pluri-racemose, erect, 2' [60 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by tubular, obtuse sheaths and has successive, non-resupinate flowers with up to 8 open on any raceme.

Similar to E igneum which has smaller flowers and elliptic, acute, sepals and E cattilus which differs in large flowers and obtuse sepals with a flabellate, white callus.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list as Epidendrum bangii, IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 747 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; *Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 748 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 drawing fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/Photo fide;