Epidendrum vegae Chocce & Hágsater 2010 GROUP Coronatum SUBGROUP Aristisepalum

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TYPE Drawing

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Part sunColdFall

Common Name Vega's Epidendrum [Nannette Vega a Peruvian Biologist current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in northern Peru in woodlands and grasslands at elevations of 3400 to 3500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing lithophyte with erect, simple, cane-like, terete, thin, straight stems carrying to 13, alternate, sub-erect, all along the stem, narrowly elliptical, coriaceous, green, crenate marginally, spreading, acute, mucronate apically, articulated below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, racemose, arching, dense, terete, thin, 2" [5 cm] long, to 14 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, triangular floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate, non-fragrant flowers.

"Epidendrum vegae belongs to the GROUP Coronatum SUBGROUP Aristisepalum , which has a caespitose habit, simple stems, sub-coriaceous leaves, a racemose inflorescence without spathaceous bracts, and the aristate sepals. The species is a short, lithophytic herb, has large red to bright orange flowers with a short 3" [7.5 mm], thin column, 5-veined sepals and petals, the lip 3-lobed with 3 low parallel keels, and a very small, semi-orbicular, entire, mid-lobe. It is closely related to Epidendrum jalcaënse which is epiphytic and much taller to 22.4" [to 56 cm], petals 6-veined, the 3-lobed lip has 3 to 5 keels, the mid-lobe is emarginate forming a couple of semi-orbicular lobes, and the .4" [10 mm] long column is stout and thick. Epidendrum camilo-diazii Hágsater & Chocce has tall stems to 36" [to 90 cm], bright orange-red flowers, bilobed, emarginate lip with a single wide, low, fleshy keel, and straight, ovate, emarginate petals, sepals and petals 5-veined, and a long .4" [10 mm], straight column." Hagsater etal 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1308 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 * Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1397 Hagsater & Sanchez 2010 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1415 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1446 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 16[2] Plate 1689 Hagsater & Sanchez 2018 see recognition section;