Epidendrum chogoncolonchense Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Difforme

Photo by Pat A. Mahon

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Cordillera Chogon'-Colonche Epidendrum [Western Ecuador mountain range]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in western Ecuador on hill tops of the Chogon-Colonche range at elevations of 200 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot growing epiphyte with reed-like, laterally compressed stems carrying ovate-lanceolate, apically bilobed, coriaceous, green, basally clasping leaves that blooms at any time of the year on a terminal, sessile, 2 flowered inflorescence with fragrant, resupinate, pale green flowers.

Epidendrum chogoncolonchense 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. The species is elated to E difforme and E romanii but differs in the "laterally compressed stems, two simultaneous, fragrant flowers with a reniform lip marginnaly notched above the middle and emarginate at the apex."

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 123 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 199 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 see recognition section