Epidendrum polythallum Est.Domínguez, J.S.Moreno, Hágsater & E.Santiago 2016 GROUP Polythallum

Type Drawing

TYPE Photo./ TYPE Drawing by © E. Domínguez V and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Many Branched Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia along the summit of the Cordillera Occidental in wet montane forests on cliffs and roadside slopes at elevations around 2500 meters as a giant sized, Cold growing, monopodial epiphyte with cane-like, much branched, terete stems carrying on the primary and secondary stems numerous, alternate, distichous, ascendant, arising from nearly every internode, 2-6 on tertiary and flowering stems, oblong, unequally bilobed, chartaceous, upper surface rugose, sulcate at the midvein, dark green, 8 veins marked pale green, 4 on each side of the midvein, underside smooth, pale green leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, pendent, nodding, rachis very short, thin, somewhat laterally compressed, [4 to 5.5 cm] long overall, , laxlysimultaneously 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute, clasping floral bracts and carrying resupinate, nonfragrant, pale yellow flowers with a wine red lip and the calli and the apices of the lip lobes are pale yellow.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 15[2] Plate 1593 Est.Domínguez, J.S.Moreno, Hágsater et E.Santiago 1993 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 E aff polythallum fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;