Epidendrum lagotis Rchb.f. 1855 GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP Vesicicaule Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade ”Cool" ”Cold" LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Hare Epidendrum [reference obscure]

Flower Size 1.6” [4 cm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia at elevations of 1500 to 2100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, thin, upwards arching, basally enveloped by 1 to 2 sheaths and carrying 6 to 10, all along the stem, alternate, articulate, unequal in size, basally smaller, ovate-elliptic, sub-obtuse, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, arising through a semi-obovate, rounded, conduplicate spathe, peduncle .06 to .08” [1.5 to 2 mm] long, thin, laterally compressed, erect, straight, rachis very short, .16 to .24” [4 to 6 mm] long, both hidden within the spathe, simultaneously 2 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, widely triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul, hidden within the spathe floral bracts and carrying resupinate, green flowers.

This species is in a group of about 12 species that have often in the past been considered synomonous and are spread from Colombia to Bolivia. The separated species include E. cardiomorphum, Epidendrum calyptratoides,Epidendrum calyptratum, Epidendrum calyptrectylosum; Epidendrum chaparense, Epidendrum falcivesicicaule, Epidendrum lagotis; Epidendrum pachyclinium, Epidendrum platypetalum and Epidendrum vesicicaule


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 70 Schlechter 1919; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 248 Schlechter 1920; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1532 Hagsater & Santiago 2015 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017