Epidendrum macrophysum Hágsater, O.Pérez & E.Santiago 2013 GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Allenii TYPE Drawing by © O Perez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Large Bladder Epidendrum [refers to the very large inflated vesicle on the ventral, apical side of the ovary]

Flower Size .8” [2 cm]

Found in Choco department of Colombia on the western slope of the Cordillera Occidental in cloud forests at elevations around 1400 to 1500 meters as medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, simple, straight, thin, basal half terete, ancipitose towards the apex stems carrying 4 to 5, all along the apical half of the stem, basally smaller, , linear-lanceolate, long-acuminate, central veined as well as 2 evident secondary veins on the upper side, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, arising through a single, aat the apex of the peduncle, narrowly elliptic, obtuse, conduplicate, ancipitous, spathe, pluriracemse, arching-pendant, with up to 4 racemes forming from within the apex peduncle, peduncle filiform, to 7.8” [19 cm] long, ancipitous, two winged, thin, rachis to .4” [1 cm] long, short, hidden within the floral bracts, densely, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter tha the ovvary, basally sub oblong, apically elliptic, rounded and apiculate, conduplicate, dorsally carinate, distichous, imbricate at the base, persistent, pale green with irregular lilac spoted floral bracts and carrying resupinate, pale green flowers with the apex of the column greenish white as well as the callus and disc being greenish white.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1453 Hagsater O Perez & Santiago 2013 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater, Ayala and Saldana 2014 drawing fide;