Epidendrum niveum E.M.Pessoa & M.R.Miranda 2015 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Incomptum

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower Photos by © Marcelo Rodrigues Miranda and A new whitish flowered Epidendrum (Laeliinae-Orchidaceae) from the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil EDLLEY PESSOA, MARCELO RODRIGUES MIRANDA, AND MARCCUS ALVES 2015 Website

Common Name The White Epidendrum [Refers to the flower color]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in São Paulo state of Brazil within a protected area of Atlantic Forest (Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar, Núcleo Caraguatatuba in areas classified as Highland Ombrophilous Forest (Veloso, 1992) at elevations around 750 meters and often experiences humid and foggy days as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool pendent growing epiphyte with successive, arising from the middle of the subtending stem, cane-like, terete stems carrying 2 per stem, at the apex of the stem, linear-elliptic, the apex acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, without a spathe, peduncle .54 to 1.2" [1.3 to 3.0 cm] long, rachis .4 to .56" [0.1 to 1.4 cm] long, simultaneously 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with ovate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, whitish flowers.

"Similar to E. proligerum but E niveum differs by having thinner stems, less than .06" versus .08" [<0.15 cm vs. 0.2 cm] wide, whitish flowers vs. greenish to greenish-purple flowers, sepals 7-veined vs. 5-veined, petals patent and 5-veined vs. ascendant and 3-veined, and lip strongly revolute laterally vs. erect to slightly curved laterally." etal 2020

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * A new whitish flowered Epidendrum (Laeliinae-Orchidaceae) from the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil EDLLEY PESSOA, MARCELO RODRIGUES MIRANDA, AND MARCCUS ALVES 2015 drawing/photo fide

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