Epidendrum chloidophyllum Rchb.f. ex Hágsater & Dodson 2013 GROUP Elleanthoides SUBGROUP Pilcuense

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Young Green Grass Epidendrum [refers to the grasslike leaves]

Flower Size .8" [1.2 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with cane-like, terete, arising from a middle internode of the previous stem, the basal nodes scandent, erect stems carrying 9, erect, all along the apical half of the stem, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on a terminal, erect, short, half the length of the leaves, peduncle .72" [1.8 cm] long, straight to slightly arching rachis simultaneously to 5 flowered inflorescence with inconspicuous, linear-acuminate floral bracts.

"Epidendrum chloidophyllum belongs to the GROUP Elleanthoides SUBGROUP Pilcuense which has a scandent rhizome, erect habit, linear-lanceolate leaves and a short, 4 to 7-flowered inflorescence subtended usually by 1 to 2 prominent, acute to acuminate, sub-imbricating sheaths. The species is recognized by the 3-veined, narrowly oblanceolate petals, the apex rounded, the lip .148 x .148" [3.7 x 3.7 mm]. Epidendrum inornatum Schltr. has lanceolate-oblong, acute sepals, linear, oblique single veined petals, and the lip .14" x .1" [3.5 x 2.5 mm]. The illustrations by Dunsterville (1976) and Foldats (1970) represent another, undescribed species." Hagsater etal


ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1417 Hágsater & Dodson 2009 Drawing fide