Epidendrum odontospathum Rchb.f. 1878 GROUP Philippii Photo by © Eddy Cervantes Zavala

Another Flower used as type Photo by © Erica Moron de Abad

Another Flower Color Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Partial shadeCold Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Toothed Spathe Epidendrum

Flower Size .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia on the upper slopes of the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes in elfin forest of Polylepis sp., and “pajonal” with bushes and rocks, and riverside forest, on slopes at elevations of 2500 to 3600 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, canelike, laterally compressed, erect stems with 3 basal, non-foliaceous, scarious, imbricating sheaths and carrying 6 to 9, sub-erect with respect to the stem, alternate, articulate, coriaceous, somewhat conduplicate at the base, widely elliptic, apex rounded and short-bilobed, with a minute dorsal apicule, margin crenulate leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, paniculate, sub-erect, slightly arching, lax-flowered, much surpassing the apical leaf; peduncle 5-12 cm long, wide, laterally compressed, ancipitose; rachis 5.5-6 cm long, with 3 short, lax, few-flowered branches 4-5.8 cm long, each arising from a bract similar to the spathaceous bract but progressively smaller, [26 to 35 cm] long, successively many to to 30 flowered inflorescence with prominent, gradually much shorter towards the apex of the rachis, shorter than the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts..

Synonyms Epidendrum refractoides C.Schweinf. 1943; Epidendrum refractoides var. humile C.Schweinf. 1953 [Actually represents another new species which will be published soon pers. comm. Hagsater 2017

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 10: 71 Bolivia Schlechter 1922; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1958 as E refractoides drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 478 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 247 Christenson 1995 drawing close but drawing has erose lip margins New Species yet to be described Pers Comm Hagsater 2017; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1478 Hagsater 2013 as E refractoides drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing ok;