Epidendrum aureoglobiflorum Hágsater & Dodson 2004 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea

Photo by © Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Bright Yellow Ball-Shaped Flower Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador in upper wet montane forests at elevations around 3300 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, simple, cane-like, thick, terete stems producing new stems from the apical internode of the previous stem and carrying 10 on the main stem and 2 are persistent, alternate, oblong-lanceolate, bilobed apically, margin entire, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, racemose, arching, short, to 9 flowered inflorescence with half as long as the ovary, narrowly triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying 9, simultaenously opening, resupinate flowers with sepals greenish yellow with reddish brown warts dorsally, petals yellow with a reddish vein dorsally, and a yellow lip.

"Epidendrum aureoglobiflorum belongs to the GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea, characterized by the branching habit, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, bilobed leaves, arching-nutant, racemose inflorescence, membranaceous or rarely fleshy flowers, the lip entire to 3-lobed, with an erose margin, ecallose, with or without 1 to 10 thin, glabrous to erose keels, the column totally to obliquely united to free from the lip. The species has oblong-lanceolate leaves 1.12 to 2.12" [2.8 to 5.3 cm] long, a very short inflorescence with greenish yellow sepals dorsally verrucose, yellow petals with a red line and a clear yellow lip without keels. Epidendrum gobiflorum has shorter, oblong-ovate leaves, .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] long, greenish white flowers, the sepals dorsally pustulate and the lip 3-lobed with a triangular, tooth-shaped keel at the base of the midlobe. Epidendrum pseudoglobiflorum Hágsater & Dodson has trumpet-shaped, orange to vermilion-red flowers, the sepals connate at the base and the lip hexagonal-suborbicular with 7 keels. Epidendrum podocarpophyllum Schltr. has salmon red/yellow flowers, and shorter sepals .2" [5 mm] long, and the lip 3-keeled, these short and basal, with the surface of the disc verrucose, the midlobe subquadrate, apically bilobed, with the 1obes truncate. Epidendrum restrepoanum A. D. Hawkes has widely spreading, red, dorsally pustulate sepals to .328" [7.7 mm] long, with the lip entire to slightly 3-lobed with 7 keels." Hagsater etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 709 Hasater & Salazar 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 742 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1437 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 16[1] Plate 1636 Hagsater 2018 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 16[1] Plate 1651 Hagsater 2018 see recognition section;