Epidendrum pseudolankesteri Carnevali & G.A.Romero 2000 GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Allenii

TYPE Drawing by Carnevali & G.A.Romero

Common Name The False E lankesteri Epidendrum

Flower Size 1 [2.5 cm]

Found in Tachira state of Venezuela at elevations around 2500 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect, occasionally branching, subterete stems carrying to 15, thin, mid nerve finely and sharply sulcate, carinate, margins somewhat revolute, attenuate and finely mucronate apically leaves that blooms on a terminal, laterally compressed, peduncle to 4 [10 cm] long, enveloped by highly compressed bracts marked with red lines, rachis extending, enveloped by successsively developing, highly compressed, imbricating floral bracts, to 1 [2.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence carrying resupinate flowers with brown grading to reddish brown at the apex sepals, light brown petals, the lip cream to white and a white column.

"Epidendrum pseudolankesteri is part of GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Allenii characterized by the sympodial habit with laterally compressed to ancipitous to fusiform-thickened stems giving rise to both terminal and lateral, racemose, distichous inflorescence with more or less imbricating bracts and carrying a single successive flower. The species is similar to Epidendrum lankesteri which has large plants 20 to 32" [50 to 80 cm] tall with narrowly elliptic to lanceolate leaves 2.2 to 10.8 x .6 to 1.2" [5.5 to 27 x 1.5 to 3 cm], green to greenish wnite flowers, the sepals oblanceolate, .52 to .64" [13 to 16 mm] long, and the lip subcordiform, the basal half obscurely 4-lobed, .24 to .36" x .16 to .3" [6 to 9 x 4 to 7.5 mm]." Hagsater etal 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchids Venezuela, an Illustrated Field Guide ed. 2: Vol 3 1134 Carnevali & G.A.Romero 2000; Orchids Venezuela, an Illustrated Field Guide ed. 2: Vol 1 Carnevali & G.A.Romero 2000 Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 952 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 See recognition section [only for note on E lankesteri]