Epidendrum adamsii Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Vernixium

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


Common Name Adams' Epidendrum [American Professor and Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in central Ecuador on orange trees at elevations around 1400 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, cane-like, terete, branching above stems and carrying all along the stem, alternate, elliptic-lanceolate, bilobed-retuse leaves that blooms in the late fall on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, erect, terete, 2" [5 cm] long, 15 to 20 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, non-resupinate, green flowers.

"Epidendrum adamsii is part of the GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Vernixium and appears to be closely related to E. decurviflorum Schltr., a species native to Colombia and found at higher altitudes, with yellowish-ochre flowers and a purplish tinge around the disc of the entire lip. Epidendrum adamsii can be recognized by the erect stems branching near the apex when mature, the short raceme of non-resupinate, simultaneous, green flowers, the 3-lobed lip, and the oblanceolate-spatulate petals finely erose-lacerate. Another similar species is E. pozoi Hágsater & Dodson, which has a noticeably longer ovary, narrower, rounded sepals, petals with entire margins, the lip somewhat larger, the lateral lobes with the outer margin straight, and the midlobe suborbicular, obscurely emarginate and minutely apiculate." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaum 2 Plate 101 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 177 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 385 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 725 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1240 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1294 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 18(1) plate 1834 Hagsater, Pfahl & Cisneros 2020 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 18(2) Plate 1875 Hagsater & Jimenez 2021