Epidendrum microcattleyioides D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001 GROUP Nanodes

TYPE Drawing by M Pastorelli, Bennett & Christenson

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Common Name The Tiny E microcattleya-Like Epidendrum [refers to the plants resemblence to E microcattleya]

Flower Size . 4 [1 cm]

Found in Huancavelica depatment of Peru in cold, wet cloud forests at elevations around 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing, ascending epiphyte with slender, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic, attenuate to the conduplicate leaf sheath below, the back of the leaf is rugulose, carinate, obliquely bidentate to obtuse apically leaves that blooms in the later winter on a terminal, arising on a newly developing stem, erect, peduncle terete, 2.8 to 4 [7 to 10 cm] long, 4 flowered inflorescence with minute floral bracts and carrying campanulate, yellow with white margin flowers.

"Epidendrum microcattleyioides D.E.Benn. & Christenson is part of GROUP Nanodes characterized by the caespitose to creeping sympodial plants with the short stems enveloped completely by the base of the non articulate, flesshy, imbricate leaves and having a sessile, few flowered inflorescence. The species has 4 non-resupinate, yellow flowers, the margin white, the flowers crowded at the apex of the peduncle, which does not surpass the surrounding spathaceous bract, the lip is reniform with the apex widely emarginate, the petals wide, obovate-spatulate, the lateral sepals are not obliquely joined to the column, and the ovary is geniculate. E beccerae although similar has a creeping habit, fusiform, uni-foliate pseudobulbs, the erect, few-flowered inflorescence, non-resupinate, second, purple flowers, the petals oblanceolate, the cordiform lip united to the column throughout. It is somewhat reminiscent of Epidendrum micro-cattleya, but that species has 2 flowers, with the lip oriented inwards, towards each other, the petals about as wide as the sepals, and the lip produced from a sigmoid claw at the middle of the column, the column itself with a pair of prominent, short, wide, dolabriform wings. Epidendrum saxicola Kraenzl. has somewhat larger flowers, sepals .6" [15 mm] long, a prominent, funnel-shaped clinandrium-hood, and the convex lip is .4 x .4" [10 x 10 mm], sub-orbicular, somewhat pentagonal with the margin crenulate and spreading from the column, without embracing it." Hagsater etal 2013

Synonyms *Neolehmannia Micro-cattleya Kraaenzl. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 644 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1411 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014; Icones Orchidacearum 17(1) Plate 1741 Hagsater & Jimenez 2019 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 17(1) Plate 1767 Hagsater & Jimenez 2019 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 17(2) Plate 1773 Hagsater & Jimenez 2020 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 17(2) Plate 1778 Hagsater & Jimenez 2020 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 17(1) Plate 1792 Hagsater & Jimenez 2019 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 17(2) Plate 1796 Hagsater & Jimenez 2020 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 17(1) Plate 1799 Hagsater & Jimenez 2019 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 18(2) Plate 1895 Hagsater & Jimenez 2021 see recognition section

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