Epidendrum stellidifforme Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Difforme Photo by © Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Star Difforme Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in wet premontane forests at elevations of 650 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, erect, cool growing epiphyte with slighhtly compressed stems enveloped completely by leaf bearing sheaths and articulated to the 3 to 5, elliptic to lanceolate, unequally bilobed, somewhat carinate leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, on a mature stem, sessile 1 to rarely 2, simultaneously opening flowered inflorescence with triangular, shorter than the ovary, acute floral bracts.

Part of the E difforme group but can be distinguished by the larger plant, longer flowers with lanceolate petals, suborbicular-cordiform lip with an acuminate apex. It can be confused with E jejunum but differs in the smaller plants and flowers, the narrowly elliptic to rhombic petals and a suborbicular-reniform lip with a short apicule.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 487 Hagsater 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 8 Plate 824 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 923 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 941 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide

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