Epidendrum lesteri Hágsater & Dodson 2004 GROUP Excisum SUBGROUP Excisum TYPE Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Fragrant Part Shade Cold Summer

Common Name Lester’s Epidendrum [Ecuadorian Nurseryman and collector of species current]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador on the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations of 2200 to 2350 meters as a suberect, sympodial epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, thick stems carrying 9 to 13, all along the apical 2/3’s of the stem, distichous, spreading, some recurved, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, acute, low dorsal keel, dark greeen above, reddish beneath, smooth, margin entire leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, arising through a conduplicate, lanceolate, subacute, margin entire, slightly revolute, reddish pink spathe, paniculate, heavy with 4 to 5, nutant, to about 70 flowered racemes, peduncle short, terete, thick, straight, with a large bract at the base of each raceme, rachis hidden by the flowers, densely, simultaneously 280 to 350 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying greenish strongly tinted with pale burgundy red, softly fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 7 plate 753 Hagsater & Dodson 2004 drawing fide;