Epidendrum silverstonei Hágsater 1999 GROUP Batesii

Plant and Flower

Photos by © Sebastian Viera and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Flower in situ Parque Tatama Choco Colombia 8/17 2400 meters

Photo by © Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name Silverstone's Epidendrum [American Botanist in Colombia current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Colombia on the eastern slope of the Western Cordillera in cloud forests at elevations of 2150 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial on disturbed herbaceous and bushy vegetation with branching, flexuous, laterally compressed stems carrying 4 to 7, all along the stem, subcoriaceous, elliptic, acute, somewhat carinate leaves that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on a terminal, sessile, racemose, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, obtuse floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum silverstonei is part of GROUP Batesii characterized by the monopodial main stem with a subapically branching habit, acute leaves, successive, essentially non-resupinate flowers, opening one at a time, deep nectary, entire to 3-lobed lip with the lateral lobes more or less fimbriate to erose. The species has a compact, branching habit, with a short terminal inflorescence producing successive, non-resupinate flowers one at a time, suborbicular, cordate lip, the surface papillate. It is closely related to E. batesii which has somewhat larger flowers, the sepals being .68" [17 mm] long, the lip 3-lobed, with a small cuneate, emarginate midlobe, and the nectary penetrating the full length of the ovary. Epidendrum laceratum C. Schweinf. and Epidendrum farallonense Hágsater have 3-lobed lip, the lateral lobes deeply lacerate." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 332 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 383 Hagsater 1999 Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 719 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 771 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; ; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 9 Plate 912 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1134 Hagsater 2008 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;