Epidendrum andrei Hágsater & L.Sánchez 1999 GROUP Difforme

LCDP Photo by © Ivan Jimenez-Perez & Cisneros and the Icones Orchidacearum 18(2) Plate 1854 Hagsater & Jimenez 2021 and the AMO Herbaria Website

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


Common Name Andre's Epidendrum [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast and Collector of type current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a simple, cane-like, ancipitose, slightly flexuous stem carrying 4 to 6, all along the stem, coriaceous, elliptic, retuse to bilobed, margin entire, dorsally carinate leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, sessile, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, simultaneously opening, green flowers.

"Epidendrum andrei is member of the GROUP Difforme characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, one-flowered to many-flowered, and then corymbose, without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. The species is recognized by its ancipitose stems, small, green f1owers, sepals obovate, petals spathulate, lip obtrapezoid, short, erose clinandrium. It differs from E. apaganum, which has elliptic sepals and petals, 3-lobed lip, dentate lateral lobes, triangular, obtuse midlobe and a fimbriate-dentate clinandrium. Epidendrum killipii Hágsater & L. Sánchez has larger plants, laterally compressed stems, larger flowers with elliptic sepals and rhombic petals, suborbicular-cordiform lip, subglobose callus and a prominent, dentate clinandrium." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 306 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 781 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 18(2) Plate 1854 Hagsater & Jimenez 2021 LCDP/Photo fide