Epidendrum monzonense Kraenzl. 1905 GROUP Saxicola

TYPE Drawing of E herreranum PHOTO/TYPE Drawing by Collantes and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold LATE Spring Summer THROUGH Fall

Common Name The Monzon Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.72" [4.3 cm]

Found in Cusco Peru on the Cordillera Oriental at elevations of 2400 to 3650 meters as a miniture to just medium sized, cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with terete, canelike, somewhat thickened stems carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic to oblong-elliptic, rounded, conduplicate below leaf that blooms in the late spring through fall on a terminal, arising on a mature stem through a very small, hidden within the conduplicate base of the leaf, spathe, shorter than the leaf, peduncle terete, thin, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, yellow tinged orange to reddish bronz, non fragrant flowers.

CAUTION According to Hagsater 2014, Epidendrum monzonense Kraenzl. has shorter, oblong leaves (6-9 x 1.5-2 cm), brown sepals 15 x 5 mm and a yellow lip 10 x 15, with the mid-lobe widely obcordate, the sides semi-circular, and a fleshy mucro in the apical sinus than what I have here as a Synonym. Epidendrum herreranum. The Photo and the drawing were both described by Hagsater as Epidendrum herreranum. I need good photos of the type of E monzonense to make my own determination as Kew puts the two species as synomonous

Synonyms Epidendrum herreranum C.Schweinf. 1943

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959 as E harmsianum; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003 as E herreranum Photos fide; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1438 Hagsater & Collanthes 2013 as Epidendrum herreranum drawing fide;