Epidendrum moronense Dodson & Hágsater 1989 GROUP Filamentosum

Photo by © Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Plant and Flowers Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Morona Epidendrum [A province in Ecuador]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Ecuador in very wet montane forests at elevations of 700 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool, pendant growing epiphyte with laterally flattened, newly arising from the base of the previous stem, barely distinguishable pseudobulb-like, green tinged with purple stems enveloped by pinkish foliaceous sheaths and carrying 1 to 4, apical, aggregate towards the apex, distichous, lanceolate-elliptic, falcate, acute, articulate, dorsally green, margin purple, ventrally purple red, margin entire leaves that blooms from fall through spring on a terminal, arising through a basal, prominent, flattened, acute, narrowly elliptic spathe, pendulous, recurved, peduncle subterete, very short, rachis sinuous, racemose, 1.2" [3 cm] long, secund always facing away from the substrate, successively 1 to 2, 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence with much shorter thant he ovary, triangular, acute, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, fleshy, lustrous, greenish to pinkish or buff flowers with a white lip that is sometimes tingeed with pale pink, a green column and a white anther.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 476 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 plate 362 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 705 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1242 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 15 [1] Plate 1543 Hagsater 2015 drawing/photo fide