Epidendrum utcuyacuense Hágsater 1993 GROUP Excisum SUBGROUP Excisum

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Utcuyacu Epidendrum [A town in central Peru]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Junin Peru in montane rainforests near rivers at elevations around 2000 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, erect stems carrying 6 to 24, all along the upper 2/3's of the stem, sub-coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the early summer on a terminal, arising through a conduplicate, basally tubular open above, acute spathe, on a mature stem, occuring only once, arching, rachis terete, arching, naked, racemose, erect, to 4" [10 cm] long overall, simultaneously about 12 flowered inflorescence with obsolete, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate tan colored flowers.

"Epidendrum utcuyacuense i8s part of GROUP Excisum SUBGROUP Excisum characterized by the sympodial, caespitose habit and the cane-like stems carrying many leaves and 1 to 2 large spathes which give rise to a racemose to open panicle with a few branches carrying medium sized flowers with a three-lobed lip. The species has been identified in the past as epimodestum.htm"> E. modestum Rchb. f. & Warsz., but differs from that species in the long, narrowly lanceolate leaves and the smaller spathe of the inflorescence. In habit it is very similar to E. baezense Hágsater & Dodson and indeed these two species may be closely related, but in the latter the lip is rather obscurely 3-lobed. Epidendrum excisum Lindl. has similar flowers, but the habit of the plant is quite distinct, with coriaceous, lorate, apically bilobed leaves and two large, wide spathes at the base of the inflorescence." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 194 Hagsater 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 336 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 plate 496 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 see recognition section;