Epidendrum calagrense Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Flexicaule

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

Common Name The Rio Calagras Epidendrum [a river in Ecuador where the type was found]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador on the Amazon side of the Andes at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, cane-like, terete below, laterally compressed above, flexuous, branched above stems, carrying 2 to 7, all along the stem, alternate, narrowly oblong, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, distichous, straight, occuring only once, .92 to 1" [2.3 to 2.5 cm] long including the .12" [3 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 flowered inflorescence with slightly longer than the ovary, somewhat imbricating, conduplicate, ovate, obtuse floral bracts and carrying green flowers.

"Epidendrum calagrense Hágsater & Dodson belongs to the GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Flexicaule charactereized by the straggling plant habit, where the main stem is not very evident, and the sepals have a dorsal keel which is generally prominent. The species is recognized by the branching habit, distichous 2-flowered inflorescence and short, narrow leaves (less than .2 x .32" [5 x 0.8 cm], the elongate, triangular lip which is narrowed at the middle and the narrow, linear petals. Epidendrum paradisicolum Hágsater & Carda-Cruz has smaller flowers, the cordiform lip as wide as it is long, and the column short and thick, somewhat arched. Epidendrum urichianum Carnevali, Foldats & 1. Ramírez has wider leaves, is 1 to 5 flowered and the lip cordiform-triangular with a truncate callus. In Epidendrum antillanum the lip is triangular, the callus terminates in 3 short keels and the petals are proportionately wider, 5-veined." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 425 Dodson 2001 drawing fide;