Epidendrum connatum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2004 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae

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

Common Name The Fused Epidendrum [refers to the lateral sepals that are basally fused]

Flower Size .64" [1.6 cm]

Found in northern Peru without locality as a medium sized epiphyte with a simple, cane-like, terete, probably branching above in time stem carrying many, all along the stem, coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, suberect, acute, basally conduplicate leaves that blooms on a terminal, racemose, nutant, on a mature stem, to 2.2" [5.5 cm] long including the .72" [1.8 mm] long terete peduncle, provided with 2 ovate, acuminate, amplexicaul bracts, simultaneously to 17 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular, acuminate, clasping floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum connatum belongs to the GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae which is characterized by the branching habit starting on a monopodial primary stem, infundibuliform, rugose leaf-sheaths, lanceolate, aristate, acute leaves, racemose subcapitate inflorescence on a short, thin peduncle, and the bicallose lip. The species is recognized by the wide petals, partly fused lateral sepals, rounded petals, obliquely dorabriform lateral lobes of the lip and ovate midlobe. Epidendrum zipaquiranum has free, elliptic sepals, subacute petals with the margin irregularly papillose. Epidendrum angustissimum Lindl. (syn. Epidendrum chortophyllum Schltr.) has very narrow, linear-lanceolate leaves, the new stem produced from an upper internode of the previous stem, and the lobes of the lip about equal in size and margins erose. Epidendrum bolivianum Schltr. has slightly larger flowers, sepals .52" [13 mm] long, leaves,.28 tp .48" [7 to 12 mm] wide, the mldlobe of the lip cuneate truncate at the apex. Epidendrum soratae Rchb. f. has a reniform lip, apically somewhat 3-lobed, bicallose, and .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm] long sepals." Hagaster etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 7 plate 728 Hagsater & Dodson 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 992 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section;