Epidendrum pozoi Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Vernixium

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

Common Name Pozo’s Epidendrum [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast and collector of the type current]

Flower Size 1.6” [4 cm]

Found in southcentral Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing lithophyte or terrestrial with terete, subapically branching stems carrying all along the stem, linear-elliptic, bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, on a mature stem, racemose, occurring only once, without a spathe, with a near basal bract similar to the floral bracts, apparently pendent, rachis somewhat zig-zag, terete, successively 8, about 17 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, green flowers.

"Epidendrum pozoi belongs to the GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Vernixium characterized by the monopodial, sub-apical branching habit, erect, inflorescences, lax, non-resupinate flowers, the lip 3-lobed. The species is similar to E. adamsii Hágsater &; Dodson, from which is distinguished by the much longer 1.4 to 2.48" vs .8 to 1.28" [35 to 62 vs. 20 to 32 mm] ovaries, the narrower, rounded sepals, the petals with entire margins, and the somewhat larger lip with the outer margins of the lateral lobes straight and the apex of the midlobe rather obscurely emarginate, minutely apiculate. E. adamsii Hágsater &; Dodson, has obovate sepals, the dorsal rounded but apiculate, the laterals acute, the petals erose-lacerate, the lateral lobes of the lip rounded, and the apex of the midlobe with a broad sinus with a large, blunt apicule in the center." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 101 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 177 Hágsater & Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1217 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1240 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 18(2) Plate 1896 Hagsater & Jimenez 2021 see recognition section;