Epidendrum trullichilum Hágsater & Dodson 1999 GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Macrostachyum

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Angular-Ovate Lip Epidendrum [refers to the trowel-shaped lip]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in paramo at elevations around 2800 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte in montane forests on rocks with erect, branching in maturity, cane-like stems carrying all along the stem, lanceolate, acute, margin up to the apex finely erose leaves that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, from the main stem or the branches, without a spathe, racemose, occuring only once, erect, peduncle occasionally with a basal foliaceous bract or leaf, 9.6" [24 cm] long, successively about half, numerous flowered inflorescence with prominent, as long as the ovary, progressively shorter above, open, lanceolate floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, fleshy, brown flowers with the petals yellow at the base and a yellowish lip.

"Epidendrum trullichilum belongs to the GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Macrostachyum and is recognized by its erect leaves, subparallel to the stem, widely trullate lip, obtrullate, acute-rounded petals and fleshy clinandrium. It is closely related to Epidendrum orthophyllum which has however, wider leaves, larger floral bracts, the lip triangular, somewhat cordiform, acute, with a short, obsolete clinandrium. Epidendrum oxycalyx Hágsater & Dodson has acuminate floral segments. Epidendrum palaciosii Hágsater & Dodson has numerous simultaneous flowers, the sepals muriculate outside. Epidendrum chondrochilum has a widely cordiform lip and ligulate petals."Hagsater 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 389 Hagsater & Dodosn 1999 drawing fide;