Epidendrum sarcodes Lindl. 1853 GROUP Mancum SUBGROUP Mancum

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The Herbario AMO Publications Website

Common Name The Fleshy Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in central Colombia on the Cordillera Oriental at elevations around 2600 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, slightly sinuous, arising from the second internode of the previous stem, laterally compressed above stems carrying 4 to 6, all along the apical half of the stem, elliptic-lanceolate, finely crenulate towards the apex, unequally bilobed, aristate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, racemose, erect, peduncle laterally compressed, with 1 to 2, intermediate bracts progressively much shorter than the spathes, simultaneously 10 to 17 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, sweetly fragrant flowers with the tepals brownish green to green with brown dot and the column white with purple dots.

"Epidendrum sarcodes belongs to the GROUP Mancum , which is recognized by the sympodial growth, narrow spathes with parallel sides, erect raceme carrying non-resupinate flowers and a generally reduced lip. The species can be recognized by lateral compressed stems at the apex, 3-lobed lip, with prominent, spreading, thin, semiorbicular lateral lobes, the midlobe subrectangular, the apex triangular, somewhat conduplicate, with prominent-laminar, fleshy calli, and spatulate petals. It is similar to Epidendrum mancum Lindl., but this species has smaller plants, leaves and flowers, and an entire, reduced lip. Epidendrum sarcoglottis Schltr. is distinguished by the entire, acute, claw-like lip, with a concave, transverse platform-like callus, and linear-oblanceolate petals." Hagsater etal 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 251 Schlechter 1920; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 721 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icon. Orchid. 8: 885 Hágsater & Sanchez 2006 Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1241 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;