Epidendrum molinae P.Ortiz & Hágsater 2013 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Incomptm

TYPE Drawing TYPE photo by C Molina/ TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name Molina’s Epidendrum [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast and collector of the type current]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in central Colombia in the department of Tolima on the eastern slopes of the central cordillera in humid montane cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, arundinaceous, terete, straight stems carrying 2 to 4, aggregate towards the apex of the stem, alternate, articulate, widely elliptic, acute, subcoriaceous, smooth, margin entire leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, without a spathe, arching-nutant, racemose, 4.8” [12 cm] long, densely successively starting at the base, eventually all open at one time, 40 flowered inflorescence with triangular, acuminate, half as long as the ovary or less floral bracts and carrying internally green flowers with the sepals externally tinged light purple and a light yeloow anther..


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1458 P Ortiz & Hagsater 2013 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;