Epidendrum andreettae Hágsater & Dodson 2004 GROUP Kalopternix

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & Dodson and The AMO Herbario Website


Common Name Andreetta's Epidendrum [Italian Priest in Ecuador and Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1/4" [6.5mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at higher elevations as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with aggregate, short, simple stems enveloped completely by papery bracts and carrying 2, at the apex, alternate, pendent, coriaceous, glaucous blue-green, elliptic, subacute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the later spring on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, pendent, sessile, 2.4" [6 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence carrying 2, simultaneously opening flowers,

"Epidendrum andreettae belongs to the GROUP Kalopternix , characterized by the erect or pendant, 1 or 2-leaved pseudobulbs, glaucous leaves, resupinate flowers with a wide-trullate lip, the margin fleshy-erose. The species is recognized by the pendant habit, single, long leaves, the column geniculate with the ovary, at a 35 degree angle, and large flowers with acuminate segments, the petals 5-veined; the coloration of the segments is produced by dots in straight lines on the sepals, partially on the petals, and loosely covering the disc of the lip. It is vegetatively very similar to Epidendrum oxapampense Hágsater which has smaller flowers, acute floral segments and, the lip shortly apiculate, the petals 3-veined and the coloration of the flowers green with a single, large pink to maroon blotch on the lip. Epidendrum sophronitis Linden & Rchb.f. has an upright habit, a single cuneate, elliptic, acute leaf per pseudobulb, 1.48 x .6" [37 x 15 mm], and the acuminate sepals are .48 " [12 mm] long." Hagsater etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaum 7 Plate 705 Hagsater & Salazar 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1354 Hagsater & Dodson 2010 See Recognition section;