Epidendrum stenophyllum Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Gastropodium

Photo by Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Narrow Leaved Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador in the upper basin of the rio Pastaza at elevations of 1800 to 2400 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with cane-like, branching, new stems arise from a subapical node of the previous stem, terete stems carrying 5 to 6, all along the apical half of the stem, linear, acute, stiff leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, arising on a mature stem, occuring only once, arcuate, without a spathe, peduncle terete, naked but sometimes with a linear-triangular bract, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long, simultaneously 2 to 12 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, purple brown flowers with the lobules of the column pink.

"Epidendrum stenophyllum has a branching habit, producing new stems from the apical nodes of the previous stem, very narrow .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] wide linear leaves, and short, arcuate inflorescence with membranaceous flowers, the lip forming a wide throat with the column, like several other species of Epidendrum which have been regarded as members of the genus Diothonea Lindl. which now is the 1993 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Gastropodium. All other known species of this group have much wider leaves. The habit, in pressed specimens, somewhat resembles E. gastropodium Rchb. f., which has much smaller, bright purple flowers. Epidendrum stenophyllum closely resembles E. lloense (Lindl.) Hágsater & Dodson, which has wider leaves and the lip bilamellate at the base." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidaeacrum 2 Plate 186 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 252 Bennett & Christenson 1995 Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 706 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 730 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 992 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section;