Epidendrum alexii Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Arbuscula

Photo © by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name Alex's Epidendrum [Alex Hirtz Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 2500 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with reed like stems developing the new one from the middle internode of the previous stem and carrying 3 to 4, narrowly elliptic, acute leaves that arise from near the apex of the stem and blooming in the summer on a terminal, arising on a mature stem, occuring only once, pendent, racemose to paniculate, successively to 15 flowered inflorescence carrying resupinate white flowers.

"The successive stems, each produced from a middle internode of the previous stem, the pendent, 15 flowered, often paniculate inflorescence and the membranaceous, white flowers with a 3-lobed lip, the small lateral lohes obliquely dolabriform-triangular and the linear-spatulate, long midlobe dilated near the apex into two semiorbicular prominences, easily distinguish this species. Most other species in the 1993 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Arbuscula have reniform, cordiform or 3-lobed lips with the lateral lobes larger than the midlobe, the latter never elongate and dilated towards the apex." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum plate 2 Plate 103 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 8 Plate 894 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 see recognition section; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1406 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1492 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;