Epidendrum angeloglossum Hágsater & Dodson 2009 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Cernuum

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


Common Name The Angel Like Lip Epidendrum [refers to the allusion that when the lip flattened it appears to be an angel]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in northen Ecuador on the western side of the Andes at elevations around 3190 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, terete, erect, straight stems branching above in mature plants, main stem much taller than branches, basally enveloped by tubular, minutely striated, rugose sheaths and carrying 12 on the main stem, all along the apical half, 3 on the branches, distichous, articulate, erect spreading, subcoriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, sub obtuse, low dorsal keel, margin entire leaves that blooms in the earlier winter on a terminal, erect, ocurring only once, racemose, arching-nutant, peduncle short, terete, thin, with a widely triangular bract, rachis straight, laxly successively 13 flowered inflorescence with small, half as long as the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying fleshy, resupinate, apple green, sepals tinged with purple, not fragrant flowers.

"Epidendrum angeloglossum belongs to the GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Cernuum, characterized by the canelike, sub-apically branched stems, the branches much shorter than the main stem, coriaceous to sub-coriaceous leaves and fleshy flowers. The species is recognized by the oblong-lanceolate leaves, short, few flowered inflorescence, apple-green flowers, the petals oblanceolate-spatulate, the lip with multiple keels, lateral lobes obliquely ovate, and the midlobe orbicular. Epidendrum cuicochaënse Hágsater & Dodson grows sympatric in the same locality has linear-oblanceolate, subacute leaves, the lip has small, triangular lateral lobes, and the midlobe is subrectangular-oblong, the apex truncate. Epidendrum pallatangae Schltr. has taller plants, to 120" [3 meters], leaves up to 6.8" [17 cm] long, a generally paniculate inflorescence, flexuose rachis, narrowly obovate petals, and the lip slightly 3-lobed or entire. Epidendrum megaloclinium Hágsater & Dodson has a densely flowered inflorescence, simultaneous flowers, an elongate ovary ,68 to 1.6" [17 to 40 mm] long, sepals dorsally pubescent, and the lip slightly 3-lobed, ornamented with only 3 parallel keels. Epidendrum cuyujense Hágsater & Dodson is florally very similar, but the inflorescence is longer and the flowers creamy white, the clinandrium hood entire, and the anther is reniform. Epidendrum zipaquiranum Schltr. has lanceolate, acute leaves, a dense inflorescence of yellow to green flowers, sepals .24 to .44" [6 to 11 mm] long, and an entire clinandrium-hood with the margin crenulate." Hagsater 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 12 plate 1205 Hagsater & Dodson 2009 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1475 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [2] Plate 1582 Hagsater & Sanchez 2016 see recognition section;