Epidendrum rhomboscutellum Hágsater et E.Santiago 2013 GROUP Megalospathum Photo by © Delsy Trujillo

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Common Name The Rhomboid Lip Scutella-like Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Colombia and Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 2700 to 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte in mosses amongst rocks with produced from a middle internode of the previous stem, cane-like, terete, thin stem with the base covered by 1-2, inflated, tubular sheaths and carrying 6 to 7, distributed throughout the stems, alternate, articulate, unequal in size (the basal and apical leaves generally smaller), coriaceous, reclinate; foliar sheaths 7-22 x 3-6 mm, tubular (sometimes slightly inflated so as to appear infundibuliform); blade 2-6 x 0.6-1.2 cm, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, apical margin minutely papillose leaves that blooms in the late fall through the late spring on a terminal, erect, peduncle thin, laterally compressed, .24" [6 mm] long, totally hidden by the ovate to rhomoidal, acute, conduplicate, oblique, margin entire spathaceous bract, rachis .16" [4 mm] long, laterally compressed, also hidden within the spathacepous bract, including the flowers, 2.4 to 2.6" [6 to 6.5 cm] long, simultaenously 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts hidden within the spathaceous bracts along with the peduncle and the rachis.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 646 Bennett & Christenson 2001 as E platyoon not = E rhomboscutellum drawing fide; *Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1481 Hagsater 2013 drawing fide;

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