Epidendrum aguaricoense Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum

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

Common Name The Aguarico Epidendrum [A river in northeasern Ecuador near the borders of Colombia and Peru in the Amazon Basin]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 180 to 230 meters near to the ground adjacent to seasonally flooded forests as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte with an erect, simple, cane-like, laterally compressed stems carrying numerous, all along the stem, alternate, elliptic, acuminate, deeply basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, paniculate, suberect, laterally compressed, 5.2 to 11.4" [13 to 28.5 cm] long including the short peduncle, many [220] flowered inflorescence carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate, green flowers with the column and lip white.

" Epidendrum aguaricoense belongs to the GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum c haracterized 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 recognized by the large leaves, laterally compressed stems, .44 to .5" [11 to 12.5 mm] long sepals, linear-lanceolate petals, the more or less square lip, cordate at the base, the lateral lobes transversely subrectangular, the outer margin erose, and the apical lobes shorter than the lateral lobes. Epidendrum agoyanense has terete stems, generally smaller leaves, the petals narrower, filiform, the lip wider between the apical lobes than between the lateral ones, the column is shorter." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 404 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 drawing fide;