Epidendrum ionophyllum P.Ortiz 1997 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turialvae Photo by Jay Pfahl

Full ShadeCold Spring

Common Name The Purple Leafed Epidendrum

Flower Size.6" [1.5 cm]

Found in southern Colombia in the department of Valle de Cauca at elevations around 1400 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally flattened, ancipitous stems carrying 7 to 12 , evenly spread through the upper 2/3's, suberect, subcoriaceous, laterally compressed, ancipitous, elliptic, acute, dark green above, purple below leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, racemose, producing successive racemes in time, arising from the middle of the previous peduncle, 6" [15 cm] each one, arching-nutant, 8 to 16 flowered inflorescence that is enveloped by large conduplicate bracts and narrowly triangular, acuminate floral bracts that are shorter than the ovaries and carrying resupinate, simultaneously opening flowers

Synonyms Masdevallia hoppii Schltr. 1924; Masdevallia pachyantha var. hoppii (Schltr.) Kraenzl. 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 846 Hagsater 2006 Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1170 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see Recognition; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide

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