Epidendrum repaskyae Hágsater, E.Santiago & J.Duarte 2020 GROUP Saxicola

TYPE LCDP by © R. Repasky & A. Cisneros and The AMO Herbario Website

Common Name Repasky's Epidendrum [In honor of the collector, Rebecca Elaine Repasky (1982-), at the time a student at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, BRIT, in Fort Worth, Texas. Today she is a Medical Doctor as Rebecca Repasky Luke, specialized in pediatric neurology]

Flower Size .48" [1.2 cm]

Found in Cusco department of Peru at elevations around 2954 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a thickened stem forming a fusiform, furrowed and rugose when mature, smooth when young, pale green pseudobulb covered by 1 to 2, membranaceous, scarious and becoming fibrous with age sheaths and carrying a single, apical, yellowish green, articulate, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptic, apex rounded, slightly bilobed, margin entire, slightly revolute leaf that blooms in the spring on a terminal, arising through a single, tubular, oblong, conduplicate, apex obtuse, yellowish brown spathe, peduncle 1.6 to 2.53" [4.0 to 6.3 cm] long, terete, thin, erect, straight, yellowish green, rachis .68 to .8" [1.7 to 2.0 cm] long, terete, erect, and straight, 2.4 to 3.2" [6.0 to 8.0 cm] long overall, apical, erect, racemose, laxly, simultaneously 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular-ovate, obtuse, embracing floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, creamy white flowers with the apex of the sepals yellow, calli and disc of the lip yellow, the fragrance was not registered.

"Epidendrum repaskyae belongs to the GROUP Saxicola characterized by the pseudobulbous stems, the caespitose or scandent habit, the prominent spathaceous bract apically rounded, the few-flowered erect inflorescence, the flowers purple or yellow, and the surface of the vegetative structures often rugose. The new species is recognized by the 3 to 4 creamy-white flowers with a yellow disc, sepals and petals cup-shaped, sepals .44" [11 mm] long, petals .4 x .2" [10 x 5.0 mm], the lip shallowly 3-lobed, the lateral lobes sub-quadrate-rounded, mid-lobe sub-quadrate, apex truncate with the middle margin revolute so as to appear emarginate. It is similar to Epidendrum wayqechaense, but that species is 2-flowered of similar color, sepals .52" [13 mm] long, petals .52 x .1" [13 x 2.5 mm], narrowly spatulate-oblanceolate, the lip clearly 3-lobed with the lateral lobes dolabriform and the mid-lobe revolute in natural position. Epidendrum herreranum C.Schweinf. has yellow flowers tinged orange to reddish bronze, sepals .72 to .94" x .28 to .4" [18.0 to 23.5 x 7.0 to 10 mm], petals .68 to .92" x .2 to .4" [17 to 23 x 5.0 to 10 mm], ovate-spatulate, lateral lobes of the lip semi-orbicular and the mid-lobe like an inverted “T”. Epidendrum tetartociclium Collantes & Hágsater also has 4 green flowers with the lip yellowish green, sepals 1 to 1.04" [25 to 26 mm] long, petals .96 x .32" [24 x 8 mm], oblong-elliptic to oblong-obtrullate. ." Hagsater etal 2020


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 17(2) Plate 1795 Hagsater & Jimenez 2020 TYPE LCDP/Photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 17(2) Plate 1796 Hagsater & Jimenez 2020 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 17(1) Plate 1799 Hagsater & Jimenez 2019 see recognition section;