Epidendrum lirion Hágsater & Dodson 2004 Mancum Group SUBGROUP Mancum

Flower Closeup

Photos by © Jim Pyrzynski

APRIL/MAY

Common Name The Lily of the Valley-Like Epidendrum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador in elfin forests near summits at elevations around 2600 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, 3 internoded, the apical node 1/2 total length, slightly flattened stems enveloped by sheaths in youth and carrying a solitary apical, narrowly elliptic, thickly coriaceous, conduplicate, slightly arcuate, unequally bilobed apically leaf that blooms in the fall [April May] on an apical, erect, racemose, many flowered inflorescence arising through a tubular, ancipitose, acute spathe and carrying to 30, simultaneously opening, non-resupinate, cupped, downward facing flowers that have a citric smell.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 755 Hagsater & Dodson 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1213 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section

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