Epidendrum litense Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Nocturnum Photo by Allen Black ©

Common Name The Lita Epidendrum [Town Near where Orchid Occurs]

Flower Size 1.25" [4 cm]

Found in northern Ecuador near Colombia in montane rainforests at elevations around 300 to 800 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with cane-like, erect, laterally compressed, distally ancipitous, simple stems carrying 4 to 6, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, bilobed apically, thin, ancipitous leaves held in the apical half and enveloped by tubular sheaths that blooms in the spring on a terminal, short, erect, racemose, becoming branched with age, over various seasons, successively single to several [up to 15] flowered inflorescence arising on amature stem and carrying gardenia scented flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 152 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 178 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1357 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 photo drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Darien Gap Kolanowska 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;