Epidendrum poeppigii Hágsater 1993 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum

TYPE Photo by © Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name Poeppig’s Epidendrum [German Botanist & Explorer, He described over 4,000 plant species, investigated Incan ruins, and travelled the length of the Amazon River by raft and canoe; he was only the third European to make the entire 5,000 kilometer river journey 1798 to 1868]

Flower Size .24” [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru on the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations of 800 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with simple, cane-like, slightly laterally compressed stems carrying 8 to 17, all along the apical half of the stem, erect, alternate, articulate, linear, acuminate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, somewhat paniculate, peduncle thin, 1.8 to 2.8” [4.5 to 7 cm] long, with a median, prominent, tubular, conduplicate bract, rachis with 1 to 4 short branches, each 1.6 to 6” [4 to 15 cm] long, 4 to 8” [10 to 20 cm] long overall, lax, successively 18 to 70 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than to as long as the ovary, narrowly triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate green flowers with the lip and the apex of the column white, often witha ring of purple dots surrounding the disc.

Synonyms *Epidendrum gratiosum var. linearifolium 1898; Epidendrum paniculatum var. linearifolium (Cogn.) C.Schweinf. 1943

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideas Mexico City n.s., 13: 217 Hagsater 1993; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1373 Hagsater 2010 drawing fide;