Epidendrum suinii Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Cuchibambae

Lip Detail

Photos by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Partial ShadeCoolFall

Common Name or Meaning Suin's Epidendrum [Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations of 1400 to 1700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, slightly compressed stems enveloped completely by leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 6 to 10, evenly distributed along the stem, progressively larger, obliquely lanceolate, bilobed and aristate apically, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, distichous, peduncle to .2" [5 mm] long, fractiflex, successively 1 to 2, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature stem through an apical conduplicate spathe and carrying non-resupinate flowers with one to 2 open at any one time.

"Epidendrum suinii belongs to the GROUP Cuchibambae and is recognized by the caespitose habit, simple stems, oblique leaves and 1 to 3 large, successive flowers from a distichous rachis with large bracts, with a somewhat square lip deeply cordate, but the auricules small in relation to the rest of the lip. It is closely related to Epidendrum cuchibambae which has a wide, triangular, anchor-shaped lip, the posterior auricules much longer and proportionately larger in relation the the rest of the lip, nearly as long as the main body of the lip. Both are somewhat similar to Epidendrum whittenii Hágsater & Dodson, which also has prominent acuminate floral bracts and successive flowers, but the latter plant and flowers are smaller, the flowers white and do not have the retrorse lobes which give the anchor-like shape. The flowers of E. suinii are somewhat similar to those of Epidendrum batesii Dodson, but that species produces branching stems and the lip is smaller, and suborbicular in overall shape." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 4 Part 3 Plate 490 Hagsater 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1517 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section;