Epidendrum villotae Hágsater & Dodson 1999 GROUP Spathiger Photo courtesy of Roberta Fox


Common Name Villota's Epidendrum [Nelly Villota Colombian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in mangroves and high rainforests at elevations of sealevel to 260 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with simple, laterally compressed, erect, cane-like stems enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheaths and carrying 4 to 6 distichous, subcoriaceous, narrowly oblong, unequally bilobed apically, basally clasping leaves with purple margins and blooming at any time of the year but mostly in the fall on a terminal, erect, racemose, flexuous, laterally compressed towards the apex, ancipitous, successively one to 2 open at a time, upwards of 60 flowered inflorescence with imbricate, elongate basal bracts and conduplicate, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, non-fragrant flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 The Genus Epidendrum Part 2 Plate 398 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 4 The Genus Epidendrum Part 3 Plate 409 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1154 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 photo drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide;