Epidendrum bambusitricolor Hágsater & Collantes 2010 GROUP Bambusiforme

TYPE Drawing by © Hágsater & Collantes and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Three Colored Bamboo-Like Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in central Peru at elevations of 1700 to 2600 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with simple, cane-like, erect, straight, thick stems carrying all along the stem numerous, articulate, distichous, subcoriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter through summer on a lateral, arising on a mature stem, opposite the leaf, racemose, erect-arching, peduncle enveloped almost completely by 4 to 5 acute, tubular bracts, 6" [15 cm] long, successively 20 to 25 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, linear-triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers with the tepals and the column base green, the apex of the column and the lip white, the calli of the lip and the disc of the lip purple and the splotch on the disc is darker and solid.

"Epidendrum bambusitricolor belongs to the GROUP Bambusiforme which is characterized by the caespitose habit, tall, bamboo-like canes with numerous long, acuminate leaves, and the numerous lateral, racemose inflorescences. The species is recognized by the leafy, bamboo-like stems, the lateral inflorescences with showy, deep green and white flowers marked with purple, the lip 3-lobed, with the mid-lobe bifurcate into a pair of divergent, oblong lobes. It is vegetatively reminiscent of E. bambusiforme at first glance, but that species has greenish brown sepals and petals with the column and lip white, often spotted with light brown dots, the mid-lobe of the lip is triangular and does not form narrow oblong lobes. The flowers at first sight recall the coloring and shape of Epidendrum atroscriptum Hágsater of the GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum, but that subgroup has filiform petals, and the lateral inflorescence is only present in Epidendrum pseudopaniculatum Dodson" Hagsater etal 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1306 Hagsater & Collantes 2010 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1424 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1456 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 see recognition section;