Epidendrum rhodoides Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Alpicolum SUBGROUP Pergracile

Photo by © Alexander Hirtz

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

Common Name The Rose-Like Color Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [12cm]

Found in southern Ecuador without elevational data as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, erect, cane-like, basally terete, laterally compressed above stems carrying 3 to 5, all along the stems, narrowly oblong, unequally bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, with 2, tubular, conduplicate, narrow, acute spathes that cover almost all the erect, laterally flattened, , unornamented peduncle, rachis terete, slightly flexuous, somewhat arcuate, occurring only once, 7.12" [17.8 cm] long overall, simultaneously 11 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, rose tinged flowers with a straw colored lip.

"Epidendrum rhodoides belongs to the GROUP Alpicolum SUBGROUP Pergracile , recognized by the caespitose habit, racemose inflorescence with narrow, parallel-sided spathes, lax-flowered and the midlobe of the lip subquadrate; the 5- veined petals are similar to the dorsal sepal and about .4" [10 mm] long. It is similar to Epidendrum vidal-senegei Hágsater & Dodson, which has larger flowers, the sepals .52 to .64" [13 to 16 mm] long, and the petals linear, less than half as wide as the sepals, and the midlobe of the lip 3 to 4 times longer than wide. Epidendrum campii Hágsater & Dodson from about the same area has l-veined oblong petals about 1/3 as wide as the sepals. " Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 440 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 480 Hagsater & Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 716 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 730 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1444 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section;