Epidendrum ciliipetalum (Garay) Hágsater & E.Santiago 2007 GROUP Lanium

Photo by © Rodrigo Escobar and the Epidendra Herbaria Website

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Eyelash Sepal Epidendrum [refers to the hairy margin sepals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found on the Cordillera Central of Colombia at elevations around 800 to 1200 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, simple, terete, thin, erect stems enveloped completly by 4 tubular sheaths and carrying 2, towards the apex of the stem, coriaceous, articulate, alternate, suberect, narrowly oblong-ovate, subacute,conduplicate, spreading leaves that blooms in the late summer through earlier winter on a terminal, occuring only once, on a mature stem, racemose to occasionally branched, terete to subterete, to 3" [7.5 cm] long including the elongating peduncle to 2" [5 cm] long enveloped completely by imbricating, compressed, grey green bracts, successively single flowered inflorescence.

"Epidendrum ciliipetalum belongs to the GROUP Lanium which is characterized by rhizomatous plants, the stems cane-like to pseudobulbous, leaves generally aggregate towards the apex, flowers non-resupinate, more or less pubescent, pollinia 2 or 4. The species is recognized by the longer stems 2.8" [7 cm] tall, the two apical leaves narrowly ovate-oblong, subacute, suberect and conduplicate, the single-branched, lax-flowered inflorescence, peduncle and rachis straight, with around 7 greenish to yellowish green flowers, petals and sepals reflexed and the lip bicallose, the apex of each callus minutely 3-lobed, the disc with 3 high, prominent keels. Epidendrum flexuosissimum C. Schweinf. has short stems .4 to 2" [1 to 5 cm tall) with 2 ovate-orbicular, spreading leaves, paniculate, dense-flowered inflorescence with the peduncle and rachis fractiflex, lip bicallose, each callus bidentate and three short, low keels. Epidendrum flexuoecallosum Hágsater & E. Santiago has more leaves, 3 to 6 to each stem, the blades elliptic-lanceolate, acute, the inflorescence paniculate, densely to 25 flowered, with sepals and petals spreading, the lip ecallose wlth 3 low keels." Hagsater etal 2007

Synonyms *Epidanthus ciliipetalus Garay 1969;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideología 4: 157 Garay 1969 as Epidanthus cilipetalus photo/drawing fide; *Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 918 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 934 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 938 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1124 Hagsater 2008 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017; Icones Orchidacearum 17(1) Plate 1731 Hagsater & Jimenez 2019 see recognintion section