Epidendrum platytropis Hágsater & E.Santiago 2010 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Cernnum

Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Wide Keel Epidendrum [refers to the the wide, fleshy keel of the lip]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations around 3000 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, prominent main stem with successive alternate branching, branches shorter than the main stem carrying 5 to 6 all alongthe apical 2/3’s, subcoriaceous, articulate, unequal in size, basal leaf smaller, narrowly elliptic, obtuse, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, arching, racemose, occuring only once, peduncle short, somewhat laterally compressed, with a triangular-lanceolate bract in the middle, densely, simultaneously 25 flowered inflorescence with half as long as the ovary, linear-triangualr, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, green flowers that turn yellowish with age.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1372 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 drawing fide;