Epidendrum magnibracteum Kraenzl. 1920 GROUP Macrostachyum

TYPE Drawing Photo by C Castro/ TYPE Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Large Bracted Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2 [3 cm]

Found in Cundinamarca and Boyaca departments of Colombia on the cordillera Oriental at elevations of 2700 to 3300 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with branching when mature, cane-like, terete, erect, straight stems carrying numerous on the main stem, all along the stem, articulate, alternate, partly spreading, unequal in size, the apical is shorter, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, apical margin minutely serrulate, slightly revolute leaves that blooms in the later spring through mid fall on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, erect, occuring only once, peduncle .6 [1.5 cm] long, terete, erect, straight, gradually wider towards the apex, rachis 6.8 to 11.4 [17 to 28.5 cm] long, terete, green, pyramidal, 6 to 12 [15 to 30 cm] long overall, successively 21 to 30 flowered inflorescence with prominent, much longer than the flowers, diminishing in size above, ovate-triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul, cymbiform, apical margin minutely denticulate floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, very fleshy, color of ripe olives flowers with a light green lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as E palmense; Icones Orchidacearum 1\5 [1] Plate 1538 Hagsater & Santiago 2015 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;