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


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.


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; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo ok;