Epidendrum porphyrostachyum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2015 GROUP Macrostachyum

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo Diego Calderon/TYPE Drawing by © R Jimenez M and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Purple Ear of Corn Epidendrum [refers to the purple flowers, stem and leaves of this species that set it apart from others in the Macrostachyum group]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia and in the Parque Nacional Natural Tatamá between Risaralda and Choco departments of Colombia at elevations of 1830 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, erect, straight, branching above when mature stems carrying numerous on the main stem, all along the stem, articulate, alternate, coriaceous, purple colored, narrowly elliptic, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall and early winter on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, erect, occuring only once, peduncle .6 to .8” [1.5 to 2 cm] long, subterete, rachis to 9” [22.5 cm] long, terete, slightly sinuous, helicoid but somewhat secund, successively several, eventually simultaneously, 25 to 27 on the main stem, 6 on the branches, flowered inflorescence with prominent, slightly longer than the ovary, gradually diminishing in size towards the apex, narrowly triangular, acute, clasping floral bracts and carrying non- resupinate, fleshy, wine-red colored flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1550 Hágsater & E.Santiago 2015 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;