Epidendrum klotzscheanum Rchb.f. 1850 GROUP Alpicolum SUBGROUP Klotzscheanum

Inflorescence Photos by Jose David Lacruz and his Merida Venezuela Blogspot

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Common Name Klotzsch's Epidendrum [German Botanical Garden Director 1800's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, and northern Brazil on tepuis at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, straight stems carrying numerous, suberect, alternate, coriaceous, lanceolate, sub-acute apically, shortly bilobed, articulate and conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms in the later summer through later winter on a terminal, racemose, nodding densely many flowered inflorescence arising through 1 to 3, open on on one side of the upper half then conduplicate, tubular, acuminate, lanceolate spathaceous bracts and prominent but shorter than the ovary, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers.

CAUTION This determination fits the descriptions, but not well, so use with caution.

Synonyms Epidendrum ernstii Schltr. 1919; Epidendrum ochriodes Lindl. 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing good except mine has erose side lobes to the lip; Flora de venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good but mine has erose side lobes of the lip; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo ?; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good but mine has erose side lobes to the lip; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1314 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1314 Hagsater 2010 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1359 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide

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