Epidendrum kymatochilum Hágsater & Dodson 2004 GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP Cupreum Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Part shadeCold FallWinter Spring

Common Name The Undulate Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru between the adjacent provines of Loja and Ayabaca in cloud forests at elevations between 2800 to 3500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a simple, cane-like, arising from near the base of the previous, progressively laterally compressed above, somewhat flexuous stem almost completely enveloped by inflated, well spaced, leafless below and leafy above sheaths and carrying 3 to 4, distributed throughout the stem, laterally compressed, somewhat infundibuliform when dry, lanceolate to oblong-ellipitc, unequally bilobed apically, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the fall through spring on a terminal, arising through a compressed, obovate, rounded apically, conduplicate spathe, somewhat arcuate, thin, laterally compressed, 4.2 to 6" [10.5 to 15cm] long, few flowered inflorescence with very small, triangular, acute, clasping floral bracts and carrying 3 to 5, simultaneously opening flowers.

Part of The E megalospathum group, cupreum subgroup recognized by the single, wide, semi-ovate spathe and the erect stems with 3 to 5 coriaceous leaves and a few resupinate flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Part 7 Plate 750 Hagsater 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Part 13 Plate 1364 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section