Epidendrum chanchamayodifforme Hágsater & L.Sánchez 1999 GROUP Difforme

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


Common Name The Chanchomayo Difforme-Like Epidendrum [A river Valley in Junin state of Peru]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Junin department of Peru at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, ancipitous, slightly flexuous stems carrying 5 to 6, ascending, linear to lanceolate, obtuse leaves that blooms in the later spring and early summer on a terminal, single flowered, sessile inflorescence with much shorter than the ovaries, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying a resupinate, green flower that does not arise through a spathe.

"Epidendrum chanchamayodifforme is part of GROUP Difforme characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, one-flowered to many-flowered, and then corymbose, without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. This species can be recognized by the short plants, linear to lanceolate ascending leaves, single flower, ovary with a vesicle, lip 3-lobed, dentate clinandrium. It is similar to Epidendrum scharfii which has 7.2" [18 cm] tall plants, ovate-elliptic leaves, 3 to 4 flowers with an entire, reniform lip." Hagsater etal 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 322 Hagsater, Sanchez and Garcia-Cruz 1999 drawing; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 414 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1502 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section;