Epidendrum agoyanense Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum

Inflorescence Photos by © Lourens Grobler.

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

Common Name The Agoyan Epidendrum [refers to Agoyan Falls in Ecuador]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador on granite rock in grasses on cliffs and steep slopes at elevations of 1100 to 1600 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool growing lithophyte with cane-like, simple, erect stems carrying many, all along the stem, ovate-elliptic, acute, dark green leaves and blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, paniculate, suberect, 7" [17.5 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with 1 to 3 large, basal bracts.

"Epidendrum agoyanense is a member of the GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum Characterized by the caespitose habit with cane-like stems carrying acute to acuminate leaves usually booming on an apical inflorescence and carrying flowers with filiform petals, and a usually 3 lobed lip with 3 parallel fleshy keels, with the apical lobe often bifurcate and the "bird wing" type pollina. The species is easily distinguished by the light green flowers with the apical half of the column and the lip white, unmarked, when wilting, the flowers tend to turn yellow overall, rather small, dorsal sepal .38 to .48" [9.5 to 12 mm] long and the apical lobes of the lip widely divaricate, nearly opposite, with a narrow sinus separating them from the basal lobes, or sometimes united to them." Hagsaer etal 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 102 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 380 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 404 Hagsater & Salazar 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 489 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1418 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section;