Epidendrum pulchrum (Schltr.) Hágsater & Dodson 1992 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea

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

Common Name The Beautiful Epidendrum

Flower Size .8” [2 cm]

Found in central Ecuador on the western slope of the Andes at elevations above 3000 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with branching, newly arising from the apical internodes of the previous stems, cane-like, terete, straight stems carrying 7 to 10, all along the main stem, on the branches all along the apical half, erect, alternate, basal leaves deciduous, subcoriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, bilobed, low dorsal keel, margin entire leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, arching, occuring only once, peduncle short, terete, thin, with a single basal bract similar to the floral bracts, rachis terete, thin, slightly flexuous, simultaneously 10 to 14 flowered inflorescence with half as long as the ovary, linear-triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, reddish brown flowers.

Synonyms *Diothonea pulchra Schltr. 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 12: 296 Hagsater & Dodson 1992; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 879 Hagsater & Dodson 2006 drawing fide fide