Epidendrum mesogastropodium Hágsater & Dodson 2004 Photo by © Walter Teague

Another Inflorescence? Photo by © Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Eric Hagsater


Common Name The In Between Gastropodium-Like Epidendrum [refers to this species being intermediate between E melamnogastrium and E gastropodium

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador from the border between Ecuador and Colombia south along the western range to north of Quito and occasionally in the provinces of Bolivar and Azuay. at elevations of 2300 to 3400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with branching near the apex, canelike, terete, thin, straight stems carrying 5 to 6 on the branches, thoughout the apical half, coriaceous, alternate, narrowly lanceolate, bilobed apically, low dorsal keel, minutely crenulate apical margin leaves that blooms in the winter through fall on a terminal, erect, racemose, short, nutant, occuring only once, thin, terete, successively 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, non fragrant flowers.

CAUTION Walter's photo is correct and Eric's TYPE Drawing is absolutely correct. Andreas Kaye's photo is suspect.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 759 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 Drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;