Epidendrum ptochicum Hágsater 2006 GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Elongatum

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Hagsater and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The The Poor Epidendrum [refers to the weak, poor appearance of the plant and flowers]

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in southern Colombia, Ecuador and northern Peru in the Pacific lowlands in very wet rainforests to dry forests at elevations around 600 meters and on the Amazon slope at elevations up to 1300 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte or lithophyte, also found in association with ants on citrus trees with simple, cane-like, terete, thin, straight stems carrying 15, alternate, distichous, all along the stem, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, rounded to bilobed, sometimes dorsally carinate, coriaceous, smooth, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, erect, peduncle elongate, terete, enveloped by tubular, acute sheaths, new racemse arise form the subapical nodes, successively several, 13 to 33 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, non fragrant, deep orange to red flowers with a canary yellow callus on the lip bordered by pale orange and an orange column with a yellow apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 877 Hagsater 2006 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;