Epidendrum rhombochilum L.O.Williams 1940 GROUP Elleanthoides SUBGROUP Rhombochilum

Collection sheet by Schweinfurth

Common Name The Rhomboid Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size

Found in southwestern and southcentral Colombia on the western slope of the cordillera Central and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 3400 to 3450 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing orchid that blooms in the winter on a terminal, 1 to few flowered inflorescence.

"Epidendrum rhombochilum is part of GROUP Elleanthoides SUBGROUP Rhombochilum characterized by thin, branching stems carrying narrow, grassy leaves and has a hair-thin peduncle of the inflorescence and carries successively opening, small delicate flowers. The species which is sympatric to E rhodanthum and the more common species, has bronzy yellow-green successive flowers, the sepals .18" [4.5 mm] long, and the lip about as long as it is wide. Epidendrum rhodanthum is recognized by its small, branching, caespitose plants with small, fleshy, white and old rose-colored flowers produced in succession, the transversely elliptic lip enveloping the column, sepals .38" [8.5 mm] long. Adapted from Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 378 Hagsater etal 1999

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 378 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 427 Hagsater & Dodson 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 753 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 789 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1187 Hagsater 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1220 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1387 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1449 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1480 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 18(2) Plate 1881 Hagsater & Jimenez 2021 see recognition section

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