Epidendrum acrorhodum Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Frutex

Photo by © Alexander Hirtz

TYPE drawing TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website

Common Name or Meaning The Summit Pink Epidendrum [refers to the pink flowers and where it occurs at high elevations]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in virgin and disturbed cloud forests at elevations of 2700 to 3100 meters as a small to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, ancipitous stems carrying 6 to 10, all along the stem, ovate-elliptic, acute, prominently dorsally keeled leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, racemose to paniculate, elongate, longer than the stem, ancipitose, arching-nutant inflorescence with to 25 successively opening, distichous, non-resupinate, bright pink to purple flowers.

"Epidendrum acrorhodum belongs in the GROUP Frutex caepitose habit, usutally simple stems, lanceolate leaves, inflorescence lacking spathes, nutant racemes, and a widely cordiform to reniform lip. The speceis has a caespitose habit, ancipitose stems, ovate-elliptic leaves about 3:1, an erect, elongate peduncle with the paniculate rachis arching and nutant, flowers bright pink to purple, sepals .28" [7 mm] long. Epidendrum indanzense Hágsater & Dodson has the same habit and elongate inflorescence, but the rachis is erect and the flowers green, sepals .6" [15 mm] long." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 403 Hagsater & Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide