Epidendrum podocarpophilum Schltr. 1921 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea Photo by Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Podocarpus Loving Epidendrum [A type of Yew Tree]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in montane forests on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a branching, arising from the subapical internodes of the previous stems, cane-like, terete, thin, erect, straight stem carrying 3 to 5, towards the apex, erect-spreading, alternate, articulate, coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a terminal, subnutant, subsessile, short to .8" [2 cm] long, oval to subglobose, densely 10 to 15 flowered inflorescence with patent, lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and small, fleshy, mostly simultaneously opening flowers.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 81 Ecuador Schlechter 1921 ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren-Atlas 57: 357 Schlechter 1929 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 709 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 756 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 780 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 837 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 979 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1277 Hagsater 2009 drawing fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo not = E cf paniculatum; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;

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