Epidendrum odontostachyum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2015 GROUP Macrostacyum

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by E Becerra/TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Toothed Ear of Corn Epidendrum [in reference to the pair of teeth at the apex of the column of this species, which distinguishes it from other species of the Macrostachyum Group]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador through central Peru along the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes at elevations of 2120 to 2565 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with branching subapically with maturity, branches shorter, cane-like, terete, erect, straight stems carrying 13 on the main stem, 5 to 6 on the branches, laxly spaeced, articulate, alternate, spreading, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, minutely apiculate, margin entire, slightly revolute leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, suberect, occuring only once, peduncle .6” [1.5 cm] long, terete, erect, straight, rachis 7.4” [18.5 cm] long, terete, gradually thinner towards the apex, successively few, 17 flowered inflorescence with slightly shorter than the ovary, gradually smaller above, triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, fleshy, dark green flowers with a purple green lip becoming orange after the pollina has been removed.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1547 Hagsater & Santiago 2015 drawing fide;