Epdiendrum saccatum Hagsater GROUP Elleanthoides SUBGROUP Guacamayense

Original Drawing by © Lopez and The Herbario AMO Publications Website

Common Name The Sack Epidendrum [refers to the sac-like base of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Narino and Putumayo departments of Colombia near La Laguna de La Cocha at elevations around 2700 to 2900 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, terete, branching above stems carrying numerous, all along the stems, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, margin hyaline, erose-dentate especially towards the apex leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, racemose, distichous, peduncle short, filiform, .24 to .4" [6 to 10 mm] long, successively 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with much longer than the ovary,clasping, oblong, acute, apical margin erose, single nerved floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, white flowers without fragrance data.

"Epidendrum saccatum belongs loosely to the GROUP Elleanthoides SUBGROUP Guacamayense, which has thin branching stems, narrow, grassy leaves, a hair-thin peduncle of the inflorescence and successive small, delicate flowers. The species is recognized by the relatively short, narrow leaves, simple, short inflorescences, the very broad, (2:1), reniform lip terminating in a small triangular apicule and the saccate base, without calli or any ornamentation, the sides of the lip erect in natural position. Epidendrum elleanthoides has longer, wider leaves 1.6 to 2.8" x .14 to .2" [40 to 70 x 3.5 to 5.0 mm], longer, branching inflorescence, and a bicallose lip which is only slightly broader than long and the base obcuneate. Epidendrum guacamayense Hágsater & Dodson also has a long, branching inflorescence, flowers nearly twice as long, the segments narrower and the petals about 15 times longer than broad, and the lobes of the lip overlapping above the column." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 483 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 775 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 8 Plate 830 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;