Epidendrum lechleri Rchb.f. 1876 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Arbuscula

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Common NameLechler's Epidendrum [German Collector of species 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in the Windward Islands, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia

CAUTION!!!!The collection above is cited for the Dominican Republic at elevations around 500 meters and the species does not seem to occur there, I need better references!!!!

"Epidendrum lechleri Rchb.f. belongs to the GROUP Arbuscula , which is characterized by the erect habit with successive lateral growths produced from the middle of the previous growth, few leaves aggregate towards the apex of the stems, roots produced generally only from the base of the primordial stem, inflorescences are short with fleshy yellowish to green to violet-green to black flowers with short ovaries, the lip entire to 3-lobed and the SUBGROUP Incomptum, characterized by the successive lateral growths produced from the middle of the previous growth, few leaves aggregate towards the apex of the stems, a short apical inflorescence with fleshy greenish to violet-green flowers with short ovaries, the lip entire to 3-lobed. The species has larger flowers, sepals .4" [10 mm]long, a bilobed lip, lobes sub-orbicular, and the calli are elongate, obtuse. Epidendrum marci-jimeneziorum smaller yellow-green flowers, sepals .34 to .36" [8.5 to 9.0 mm] long, lip slightly 3-lobed, the mid-lobe formed by two wide, short, rounded lobes, and the sub-globose, prominent calli. Epidendrum morganii Dodson & Garay, has short, few-flowered inflorescence, successive, green flowers tinged with purple-brown, sepals .52 to .72" [13 to 18 mm] long, the lip widely cordiform, apiculate, with two low, laminar, divergent calli. Epidendrum ecostatum Pabst, described from Brazil, has similar but smaller flowers, and the lip lacks any calli. Epidendrum jamaicense Lindl. also has an inflated nectary, but the lip is reniform, with the apex rounded and somewhat emarginate, revolute in natural position, and the lateral sepals are aristate. Epidendrum prietoi Hágsater from Ecuador, has dirty yellow flowers with purplish veins, the 3-lobed, lip with the lateral lobes dolabriform, the basal margin concave, and the distal margin convex, 1-veined petals and long, narrow calli, the disc with 3 low, narrow veins, the lateral veins trifid." adapted from Plate 1681 Hagsater etal 2018

"Epidendrum lechleri Rchb.f., a species native to Peru belongs to the GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Arbuscula has sepals .42" [13 mm] long and entire lip. Epidendrum chimantense the but it has purple-tinged leaf sheaths, the narrow, elliptic-lanceolate leaves, and the successive, small flowers with subreniform, somewhat emarginate, apiculate lip. . Epidendrum nephroglossum Schltr. has very prominent floral bracts, sepals .44 to .5" [11 to 12.5 mm] long and the lip is reniform, .28 x .52" [7 x 13 mm], with the base cordate." Hagsater etal 1993 adapted from Plate 121 Hagsater etal 1993

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 119 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 121 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 see recognition section, Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 134 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 145 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 312 Hagsater 1999 see recogntion section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 445 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1461 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1524 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 16[2] Plate 1674 Hagsater & Sanchez 2018 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 16[2] Plate 1681 Hagsater & Sanchez 2018 see recognition section;

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