Epidendrum renilabium Schltr. 1921

GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Renilabium Photo by Alexander Reynolds and UC Davis Website.

Plant and Inflorescence Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Photos Website.

Part shade Cool Cold Summer Fall

Common Name The Kidney-Shaped Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.15" [2.8 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in wet upper montane forests on the western pacific slopes at elevations of 1500 to 3100 meters as a to giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a thick, often branching stem enveloped completely by loose, sheaths and carrying many, oblong to elliptic-oblong, rounded and often retuse apically, sessile at the clasping base leves that blooms in the summer through fall on a terminal, short to 4" [4 to 10 cm] long, densely many flowered, nodding inflorescence carrying successive, rather fleshy flowers with the apical ones opening first.

Similar to E sagasteguii but it differs in the flowers opening from the base towards the apex, E renilabium opens from the apex first and then works down towards the base.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 68 Schlechter 1921 ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren-Atlas 57: 361 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; Orchids of Peru First Supplement, Fieldiana Vol 33 Schweinfurth 1970 not = E sagasteguii; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 484 Dodson 1989 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 107 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 454 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 469 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 479 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 710 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 767 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 766 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1282 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1283 Hagsater 2009 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;

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