Epidendrum baezense Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Excisum SUBGROUP Excisum

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

Common Name The Baeza Epidendrum [A town in Napo province of Ecuador]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes in wet montane forests on trees and on roadside embankments at elevations of 1300 to 2100 meters as a small giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with cane-like, terete, straight stems and carrying 4 to 11, all along the apical 2/3's of the stem, subcoriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in fall on a terminal, occuring only once, terete, thin, paniculate, often with 1 to 2 basal branches, nutant, 2.8 to 16" [7 to 40 cm] long, dense, many flowered inflorescence arising on mature stems, with 2 amplexicaul, tubular at the base and open, acute, dorsally carinate above bracts and has no floral bracts and carrying green flowers.

"Epidendrum baezense is part of GROUP Excisum SUBGROUP Excisum characterized by the sympodial, caespitose habit and the cane-like stems carrying many leaves and 1 to 2 large spathes which give rise to a racemose to open panicle with a few branches carrying medium sized flowers with a three-lobed lip. The species is superficially similar to E. excisum Lindl. However, the general shape of the lip is cordiform and rather shallowly 3-lobed , whereas in E . excisum the lip is deeply 3-lobed. The plants can be easily recognized by the narrowly lanceolate, acute leaves, and the acute, spathe-like bracts, whereas E . excisum has oblong, apically bilobed leaves and blunt, rounded spathes." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaum 2 Plate 111 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 194 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 336 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 466 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 plate 496 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 see recognition section;