Epidendrum xerophyticum Hagsater & E.Santiago 2016 GROUP Epidendropsis SUBGROUP Gracillimum

TYPE Drawing Photo by F A Werner/TYPE Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Xerophytic Epidendrum [refers to its habit of growing in dry areas with cacti]

Flower Size .36" [9 mm]

Found in southern Ecuador on the upper western slopes in dry montane forests with cacti along ravines, dry scrub forests or pyrogenic grasslands at elevations of 1800 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, short, cane-like, basally terete, laterally compressed above stems carrying 4 to 7, all along the stem, sub-spreading, straight, fleshy, linear-lanceolate, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late winter on a terminal, paniculate, erect, peduncle 1.8 [4.5 cm] long, thin, ancipitous, erect to slightly fractiflex, provided with 1 to 2, tubular, basally ancipitous, conduplicate above the middle, acute, uncinate bracts, rachis 1.8 [4.5 cm] long, thin, terete, 5 to 6 branched, each branch sub-spreading, laxly simultaneously 18 flowered inflorescence with 5 to 7 flowers per branch, and with shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular, acuminate, clasping floral bracts and carrying small, membraneous, reddish brown flowers with the lip always facing the rachis and without fragrance data


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 15[2] Plate 1600 Hagsater & Santiago 2016 drawing fide;