Epidendrum opiranthizon Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Amblostoma SUBGROUP Amblostomioides

Drawing by © Hagsater and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Backwards Flowering Epidendrum [refers to this orchids habit of the most apical flowers opening first and then back to the base]

Flower Size .4” [1 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in the department of Morona-Santiago at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with simple, thin, erect, terete, straight, new stems arise from the basal node of the previous stem carrying 3 to 5, all along the apical third of the stem, narrowly elliptic, subacute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, on a mature stem, without a spathe, occuring only once, racemose, suberect to arching, peduncle 1.12” [2.8 cm] long, terete, thin, bractless, rachis terete, thin, long, somewhat sinuous towards teh apex, 3.2 to 8.4” [8 to 21 cm] long overall, successively few, 21 to 30 flowered inflorescence with about half as long as the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers that open from the apex first down to the base of the rachis with the sepals and petals yellow green and the lip whitish pink.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 165 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 863 Hagsater & Dodson 2006 drawing fide;