Epidendrum sangayense Hágsater & Dodson 2006 GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP Minutidentatum

Plant and Flowers

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website


Common Name The Sangay Epidendrum [Ecuadorian National Park]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in south central Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching, branches arise from the middle internode of the previous stem, cane-like, laterally compressed, ancipitous, somewhat flexuous stems carrying 5 to 8, all along the stem, alternate, spreading, unequal [basal and apical leaves smaller], lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, coriaceous, slightly erose dorsal keel, margin denticulate, subacute leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, arising through a single, widely ovate, apically rounded, conduplicate, enveloping most all of the rachis, subsessile, peduncle short, without bracts, laterally compressed, simultaneously 3 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers without fragrance data.

"Epidendrum sangayense belongs to the GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP Minutidentatum , characterized by the pendent, branching habit, non-resupina1e flowers with the margin of the lip minutely dentate. The species is recognized by the short, wide leaves, small flowers with wide, obovate-elllptic petals. It is similar to Epidendrum minutidentatum C.Schweinf. which has longer, proportlonately narrower leaves up to 1.68" x .5" 4.2 x 1.2 5 cm), and the narrowly elliptic petals, up to .1" [2. 5 mm] wide and is only known from the Province of Cuzco, Peru." Hagsater 2006


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 884 Hágsater & Dodson 2006 Drawing fide