Epidendrum charpinii Hágsater & E.Santiago 2010 GROUP Alpicolum SUBGROUP Alpicolum


Photos by © Jose David Lacruz and his Merida Venezuela Blogspot

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Jimenenz and The AMO Herbaria Website


Photos by © Jose David Lacruz and his Merida Venezuela Blogspot


Common Name Charpin's Epidendrum [Swiss specialist in Mediteranean flora at the Geneva Botanical Garden and senior collector of the holotype current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela on the Caribbean slope of the cordillera de Merida of the Andes at elevations of 2200 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, erect, straight, thick stems carrying numerous, suberect, alternate, articulate, coriaceous, lanceolate, somewhat conduplicate, rounded apically, shortly bilobed leaves that blooms in the later summer through mid fall on a terminal, racemose, arching-nutant, peduncle laterally compressed, nearly completely enveloped by 2, tubular, open on one side above the middle and then conduplicate, acuminate, scarious with age bracts, densely, simultaneously to 60 flowered inflorescence with prominent, nearly as long as the ovary, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, fleshy, ochre flowers with a greenish column.

"Epidendrum charpinii belongs to the GROUP Alpicolum SUBGROUP Alpicolum which is characterized by the simple, cane-like stems, long, narrow 1 ti 3 spathaceous bracts, fox-tail-like inflorescence and numerous flowers with fleshy lip. The species is recognized by the sub-erect leaves, the racemose inflorescence, flowers ochre with the column somewhat greenish, the apical half of the mid-lobe rhombic, and the margin of the lateral lobes dentate. Epidendrum klotzscheanum Rchb.f. is vegetatively very similar, but the flowers are fuchsia to yellow tinged with pink, the lateral lobes of the lip are orbicular, the margin erose, and the mid-lobe oblong with the apex truncate. Epidendrum morilloi Hágsater & E.Santiago has a paniculate inflorescence (though the branches are short and few), the creamy white sepals and petals, with a snow-white lip and column, the flowers comparatively smaller, sepals .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long." Hagsater etal 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1314 Hágsater & Santiago 2010 Drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1343 Hagsater & Dodson 2010 See Recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1359 Hagsater & Dodson 2010 See Recognition section;