Epidendrum rodrigoi Hágsater 1993 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Pluriracemosum

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Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing

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Common Name Rodrigo's Epidendrum [Rodrigo Escobar Colombian Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in evergreen cloud forests at elevations around 1100 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, straight, ancipitose stems carrying numerous, distributed along the apical 2/3's of the stem, narrowly elliptic lanceolate, acute, green above, purple beneath leaves that blooms in the mid spring through early summer on a terminal, erect, to 8" [20 cm] long, blooming over several years off the same peduncle, peduncle, ancipitose, elongate, to 7.8" {19.5 cm} long, suberect, partially enveloped by bracts, rachis .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm} long, simultaneously 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence with much shorter to than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts.

"Epidendrum rodrigoi is a part of GROUP Pseudepidendrum which is characterized by caespitose plants, cane-like stems, acute to acuminate leaves, usually apical inflorescence, the mostly filiform petals and the lip usually 3-lobed with 3 parallel fleshy keels, the apical lobe often bifurcate, the “bird-wing” type pollinia, at least the inner pair, and the SUBGROUP Pluriracemosum which has a racemose and few flowered inflorescence on an elongate peduncle, usually producing new racemes over the years and thus pluri-racemose, the rachis is elongate, and thus lax flowered, the flowers bicolored, basically green to brown with the lip white to purple, spotted or not. Closely related to E. turialvae Rchb. f. , from which it can be distinguished by the shorter leaves and the evenly pink-colored lip. Epidendrum antonense Hágsater has the same general habit but smaller flowers, the lip being very fleshy, deep purple and vernicose." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 108 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 121 Hagsater 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 384 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1427 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1440 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1463 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1567 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide;