Epidendrum melanogastropodium Hágsater & Dodson 2004 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Gastropodium

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Common Name The Black Column with the Inflated Belly Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations of 2400 to 3600 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial or rarely epiphyte with branching throughout the length of the main, terete, thin, stem, branching again from the upper internodes of the secondary stems and carrying 5 to 8, from the branches on the upper half of the stem, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, truncate apically, bilobed, margin minutely crenulate to entire leaves that blooms in the late spring through fall on a terminal, racemose, nutant, occuring only once, terete, several to many flowered inflorescence with a bract similar to the much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying 7 to 12 successively opening, resupinate, cup-shaped, non-fragrant flowers.

~Epidendrum melinoacron Schltr 1921 - See Epidendrum acuminatum Ruiz & Pav. 1798


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 758 Hagsater & Salazar 2004 drawing fide; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005 photo good;