Epidendrum carpishense Hágsater, D.Trujillo & E.Santiago 2009 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae

TYPE Drawing by Hagsater & Trujillo and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Carpish Pass Epidendrum [An area of Peru along the ridge of the Cordillera Oriental]

Flower Size .3" [7.5 mm]

Found in Peru along the ridge of the Cordillera Oriental at elevations around 2800 to 2900 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with cane-like, terete, thin, scarcely subapically branched, branches shorter than the main stem and carrying 11 on the main stem all along the stem, 5 on the branches, alternate, articulate, somewhat fleshy, linear-lanceolate, sub-obtuse, slightly bilobed, minutely apiculate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, erect, short, racemose, occuring only once, peduncle terete, thin, naked, simultaneously 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, creamy yellow flowers.

"Epidendrum carpishense belongs to the GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae which is characterized by the branching habit starting on a monopodial, primary stem, infundibuliform, rugose leaf-sheaths, lanceolate, aristate, acute leaves, racemose subcapitate inflorescence on a short, thin peduncle, and the bicallose lip. The species is recognized by the small plants ca. 6" [15 cm] tall, scarcely branched, with linear-lanceolate, fleshy leaves to 1" [2.5 cm] long, 3 to 4 creamy yellow flowers, sepals .18 to .2" [4.5 to 5 mm] long; lip reniform with the margin entire, bicallose, the calli prominent, reaching the center of the lip. Epidendrum moscozoi Hágsater & E.Santiago, has plants about as tall, but produces the inflorescence from very short branches and thus appear to be lateral on the stems, with 3, white-colored flowers, the lip reniform with the base cordate, margin crenate, and very short calli. Epidendrum soratae Rchb.f. has taller plants to 10.8" [to 27 cm] with lanceolate leaves .68 to 1,88" [1.7 to 4.7 cm] long, 8 to 12, green or yellowish green flowers, sepals .268 to .28" [6.7 to 7 mm] long, and the lip reniform, slightly 3-lobed at the apex. Epidendrum obliquum Schltr. has plants to 22.8" [57 cm] tall, lanceolate leaves .4 to 1.6" [1 to 4 cm] long, and the reniform lip has a slightly emarginate apex and the ovary is not inflated." Hagsater etal 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1215 Hagsater, Trujillo & Santiago 2009 drawing fide;