Epidendrum sagasteguii Hágsater & E.Santiago 2004 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Renilabium Original Drawing by © Lopez and The Herbario AMO Publications Website

Common Name Sagastegui's Epidendrum [Peruvian Orchid Collector Current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in northern Peru on the western side of hte Andes at elevations of 2150 to 2200 meters on rocky slopes as a giant sized, cold growing lithophyte with branching, cane-like, terete below, somewhat laterally compressed above stems carrying 10 to 13 on the branches, all along the apical 3/4's of the stem, alternate, articulate, oblong to narrowly elliptic, bilobed, low dorsal keel, coriaceous, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, arching, racemose, peduncle thin, short, provided in the middle by 2 triangular, acute bracts, dense, mostly simultaneously 20 to 25 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, opening from the base towards the apex, green flowers.

Similar to E renilabium but this one differs in the flowers opening from the base towards the apex, E renilabium opens from the apex first and then works down towards the base


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970 as E renilabium; *Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 787 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 drawing fide;