Epidendrum camilo-diazii Hágsater & Chocce GROUP Coronatum SUBGROUP Aristisepalum

TYPE Drawing by Hagsater & Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name Camilio Diaz's Epidendrum [Peruvian Botanist Collector of Type current]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in Luya Province Peru at elevations of 2700 to 3300 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with simple, cane-like, terete, thin, straight stems carrying 6 to 11, alternate, suberect, all along the stem, articulated, linear-elliptic, coriaceous, green, apically rounded, mucronate-aristate, crenulate margined leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, racemose, arching, peduncle short, terete, thin, slightly arched, rachis thin, terete, arching, densely and simultaneously to 12 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, triangular floral bracts and carrying resupinate, bright orange-red, non fragrant flowers.

"Epidendrum camilo-diazii belongs to the GROUP Coronatum SUBGROUP Aristisepalum, which has a caespitose habit, simple stems, sub-coriaceous leaves, a racemose inflorescence without spathaceous bracts, and the aristate sepals. The species is recognized by the stems to 36" [90 cm] tall, bright orange-red flowers, bilobed, emarginate lip with a single wide, low, fleshy keel, and straight, obovate, emarginated petals, sepals and petals 5-veined, and a long .44 to .48" [11 to 12 mm], straight column. It is very similar to Epidendrum vegae Chocce & Hágsater which is a short, lithophytic herb, stems to 7.6" [19 cm] tall, has large red to bright orange flowers with a short .28" [7 mm], thin column, 5-veined sepals and petals, the lip 3- lobed with 3 low parallel keels, and a very small, semi-orbicular, entire, mid-lobe. It is closely related to Epidendrum jalcaënse which is epiphytic and to 22.4" [56 cm] tall, petals 6-veined, the 3-lobed lip has 3 to 5 keels, the mid-lobe is emarginate forming a couple of semiorbicular lobes, and the .4" [10 mm] long column is stout and thick." Hagsater etal 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 13 plate 1308 Hagsater & Chocce 2010 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1397 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1415 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1446 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 16[2] Plate 1689 Hagsater & Sanchez 2018 see recognition section;