Epidendrum melanotrichoides Hágsater & Dodson 1999 GROUP Frutex Photo by © Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Black Hair Like Epidendrum [a misnomer, refers to black like hairs that were found on the type which turned out to be a foreign material on the bracts etc, most likely a fungus]

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in Napo Ecuador on the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations of 3450 to 3700 meters as small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with cane-like, occasionally branching, terete stems carrying numerous, all along the stem, suberect, narrowly lanceolate, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall on terminal, without a spathe, nutant, racemose, can produce new racemes even when the previous raceme is still in flower, peduncle short, sharply arcuate-pendant above the first floral bract, to .8” [2 cm] long, successively 1 to 2, several flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary, spreading, ovate-triangular to acuminate, rugulose floral bracts and carrying resupinate, fleshy, yellowish-green flowers .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 353 Hagsater & Dodson 1999 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide;