Epidendrum suturatum Hágsater & Dressler 1993 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Rugosum

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TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Seamed Epidendrum [refers to the connation between the lateral sepals]

Flower Size .48" [1.2 cm]

Found in Panama in cloud forests at elevations of 800 to 1000 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short, producing branches from the lower to middle internodes, secondary or flowering branches arise from the upper internodes, which may produce further branches from the subapical internodes of the stem and carrying 3 to 8 per stem, narrowly lanceolate, unequally bilobed, those on the main stem larger than those on the branches, subcoriaceous, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, from the branches, occuring only once, erect, zig-zag, .48 to .8" [1.2 to 2 cm] long, successively 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, ovate floral bracts.

"Epidendrum suturatum is part of GROUP Ramosum which is characterized by the monopodial, branching stems, the spike-like, distichous inflorescence, and the single callus, and the SUBGROUP Rugosum which has a branching habit with few-flowered inflorescence from short, secondary stems, the leaf-sheaths rugose. The species is closely related to E. curvisepalum Hágsater & Dressler, but is immediately distinguished by the connate lateral sepals, which are adnate to the portion of the lip united to the column and clearly divergent even in dried material, the triangular lip with basal angles rounded, the linear-lanceolate, 3-veined petals and the longer column terminating in a broad, rounded process on each side oí the apex. Epidendrum rugosum Ames is also similar but has distinctly shaped sepals and lip." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 190 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 309 Hagsater 1999 see recogntion section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 981 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section;