Epidendrum aristoloides Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Coronatum SUBGROUP Aristisepalum

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


Common Name The Awn Like Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in humid montane forests at elevations around 3000 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial or rarely epiphyte with cane-like, terete, thin stems and carrying 4 to 5, on the upper half of the stem, sub-coriaceous, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, minutely apiculate, unequal, margin entire leaves that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, racemose, arching, nutant, zigzag, few to several flowered inflorescence with a much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bract and carrying 3 to 11 simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers with the tepals pale pink and a cream colored lip.

"Epidendrum aristoloides belongs to the GROUP Coronatum SUBGROUP Aristisepalum, which has a caespitose habit, simple stems, narrow, subcoriaceous leaves, a racemose inflorescence without spathes, and the sepals prominently aristate. Epidendrum aristoloides has a prominently 4-lobed lip, the lobes all semiorbicular, narrow leaves .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] wide, and .44 to .54" [11 to 13.5 mm] long sepals. It is closely allied to Epidendrum birostratum which has leaves up to .6" [15 mm] wide, the lip 3-lobed, the midlobe tridentate at the apex with a prominent 2-lobed callus and one keel, and sepals .52 to .68" [14 to 17 mm] long. Epidendrum aristisepalum has a 3-lobed, ecallose lip with 3 keels and the apical lobe rounded, the leaves .28 to .44" [7 to 11 mm] wide." Hagsater 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 412 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; *Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 413 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1446 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 18(1) plate 1830 Hagsater, Pfahl & Cisneros 2020 see recognition section