Epidendrum vieirae Hágsater 1993 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turialvae TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name Vieira's Epidendrum [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast and collector of the type current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia at elevations around 1750 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, erect, laterally compressed, ancipitous stems carrying about 7, all along the upper 2/3'ds of the stem, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, acute, grass-like, green above, purple beneath leaves thaat blooms in the winter on a terminal, pluri-racemose, on a mature stem, peduncle ancipitous towards the base, erect, partially enveloped by bracts, the lowest spathe-like, tubular, ancipitous, acute, the others progressively smaller, conduplicate, acute, 4.8" [10 cm] long, rachis .4" [1 cm] long, simultaneously 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, floral bracts and carrrying greenish-yellow flowers without fragrance data.

"Epidendrum vieirae belongs to the GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turialvae. The closest known relative is E. turialvae, from Costa Rica, from which E. vieirae can be distinguished by the shorter, smaller leaves, long-pedunculate inflorescence with few-flowered racemes, greenish-yellów flowers, and much larger apical lip lobes which are conspicuously broadened above the middle. Epidendrum rodrigoi Hágsater, from Colombia, is also similar but has a light pink, somewhat hyaline lip." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 196 Hagsater 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 384 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 446 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;