Epidendrum commelinoides Schltr. 1920 GROUP Megalospathum

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Common Name The Commelina-Like Epidendrum

Flower Size

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, erect, sub-flexuous stems carrying 4 to 5, erect-patent, lanceolate-ligulate, acute, subfalcate-oblique leaves that blooms on a terminal, arising through a wide, cucullate, sub-acuminate spathe, short, sub-sessile, with thin, small bracts, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence.

Epidendrum commelinoides is part of GROUP Megalospathum characterized by the caespitose but branching habit, many leafed stem, fleshy, oblique leaves a short few flowered racemose inflorescence subtended by a large semi-ovate spathe carrying a few resupinate flowers with the coulumn obliquely united to the lip, occasionally free. The species is related to E scutella


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 128 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 245 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren -Atlas 57: 173 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;