Epidendrum pomacochense Hágsater 1999 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea

TYPE Drawing by © R Jimenez M and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Pomacochas Epidendrum [A town within the department of San Martin peru]

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in central Peru on the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations around 1700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, terete, branching stems carrying 3 to 4, aggregate towards the apex of the stems, subcoriaceous, linear-lanceolate , unequally bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a terminal, without a spathe, on mature branches, occuring only once, racemose, peduncle terete, naked, .24 to .32” [6 to 8 mm] long, rachis flexuous, .8” [2 cm] long overall, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers with the sepals, petals and column are reddish bronze, lip deep brick red, anther tinged with brick red.

"Epidendrum pomacochense is part of GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea characterized by the branching plants linear-lanceolate to oblong leaves the apex bilobed, racemose, arching-nutant inflorescence, membranaceous, rarely fleshy flowers, the entire to 3-lobed, ecallose lip with the margin erose and with or without 1 to 10 thin, smooth to erose keels, the column completely free to obliquely united to the lip, the anther reniform. The species is recognized by the small plant habit and flowers, the obovate-cuneate lip, with three low, rounded keels running down the middle, the opening between the column and lip is wide, oblique and somewhat elongate, the margin slightly revolute. Epidendrum lloense has three laminar, erose keels on the lip, the leaves being about .48" [1.2 cm] wide." Hagsater 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 374 Hágsater 1999 drawing fide;