Epidendrum molaui Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Fritzianum TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name Ulf Molaui’s Epidendrum [Swedish botanist in Ecuador and collector of the type current]

Flower Size .4” [1 cm]

Found in northern Ecuador in humid montane cloud forests at elevations of 3300 to 3600 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with cane-like, terete, branching above, with shorter flowering branches, these producing new branches from the upper half of the stem and carrying lanceolate, acute, dorsally carinate, apical margin apically erose, leaves the main stems leaves larger than those on the branches, and blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, from the main stem and the branches, racemose, nutant, simultaneously 9 to 15 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate, floral bracts and carrying resupinate, pale yellow flowers with the sepals and petals with purple dots, disc of the lip burgundy red, and a green column spotted with purple at the apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 469 Hagsater & Dodson 2001 drawing fide;