Epidendrum pleiobracteatum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2013 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Fritzianum

Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Many Bracted Epidendrum [refers to the numerous, congested, long floral bracts]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in southwestern Colombia on the Cordillera Occidental at elevations of 3350 to 3450 meters as a giant sized, cold groweing terrestrial with much branches throughout stems, cane-like, terete, erete, straight stems with a main a secondar, tertiary andf these amy breanch as well stems carrying numerous on the main stem, 5 to 6 on the branches, all towards the apical half of the stem, lternate, articulate, sub-erect, unequal in size ,the basal ones smaller, green to purplish green, lanceolate, acute, margin crenulate towards the apex. leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, rarely prodiung an additional very short raceme at the apex of the peduncle, flowering only once, peduncle ‘6” [ 1.5 cm] long, terete, thin, short, provided at the apex with a bract 1.04” 26 mm long, lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul, similar to the floral bracts but larger bracts, smultaneously 35 to 45 flowered inflorescence with prominent, shorter than the ovary,gradually shorter towards the apex of the rachis, narrowly triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, olive green flowers. .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1475 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater, Ayala and Saldana 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;