Epidendrum ammophilum Barb.Rodr. 1881 GROUP Coronatum

Plant and Flowers

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Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Common Name The Sandy Soil Loving Epidendrum

Flower Size

Found in Rio de Janiero Brazil as a terrestrial with an erect, terminal, corymbose, few flowered inflorescence.

"Epidendrum ammophyllum belongs to the GROUP Coronatum, which is distinguished by the relatively large plants, stems with numerous leaves, apical, racemose inflorescence, without spathaceous bracts, large flowers with fleshy, wax-like, and the bicallose at the base, 3-lobed lip. The species is from Brazil and has an erect, terminal, corymbose, few-flowered inflorescence. It is vegetatively similar to Epidendrum tessmannii Schltr. from Peru, which has several erect-arching inflorescences, small greenish flowers, sepals less than .6" [15 mm] long, and the midlobe of the lip reduced, .08" [2 mm] long. Epidendrum coronatum is similar with relatively large plants, subcoriaceous leaves, arching-pendent, racemose inflorescence without spathaceous bracts, the ivory-white flowers waxy, and the apical lobe of the lip is deeply two lobed." Adapted from Plate 1113 Hagsater etal 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasiliense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1113 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section