Epidendrum retrosepalum Hágsater, Ric.Fernández & E.Santiago 2009 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae Photo by © Ivan Jimenez, Jorge Quezada & Juan Carlos Bermejo and the Orquideas de Cotapata Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by R Jimenez M and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Backbent Sepal Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Peru and Bolivia on the upper Amazon Slopes of the Andes at elevations around 2630 to 3250 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with cane-like, terete, thin, much branched above the middle, branches much shorter, some stems so short as to appear to be lateral inflorecence carrying deciduous on the main stem, about 6 on the branches, all along the stem, alternate, articulate, subcoriaceous, ovate-lanceolate, acute, minutely apiculate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, occurring only once, peduncle terete, thin, bractless, lax, simultaneously 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with triangular-lanceolate, short-acuminate, shorter than the ovary, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers without color and fragrance data.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1285 Hagsater, Fernandez & Santiago 2009 drawing fide;