Epidendrum cylindrostenophyllum Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Cylindraceum

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

Common Name The Cylindric Inflorescence with The Narrow Leaves Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in north central Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1700 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect, simple, cane-like, laterally compressed above stem almost completely enveloped by 2 basal sheaths below and carrying 4, all along the upper 1/3 of the stem, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic-lanceolate, aristate, margin entire leaf that blooms in the winter on a terminal, racemose, laterally compressed, 6" [15 cm] long, 20 flowered inflorescence with much shorter the ovary, triangular, acute bract and carrying pendent, simultaneously opening, resupinate greenish white flowers.

"Epidendrum cylindrostenophyllum belongs to the GROUP Cylindraceum characterized by the sympodial habit, narrow spathaceous bracts with parallel sides an erect racemose inflorescence with non-resupinate flowers and a generally reduced, fleshy lip. The sppecies is recognized by its narrow leaves, ca. .4" [1 cm] wide, inflorescence 6" {15 cm] long, small sepals and petals, .14 to .2" [3.5 to 5 mm] long, lateral lobes of the lip retrorse and narrow at the base, transversely elliptic at the apex. It is similar to Epidendrum cylindrostachys Rchb. f. & Warsc. which has a longer inflorescence, larger flowers, the sepals and petals .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long, falcate lateral lobes of the lip. Epidendrum cylindraceum Lindl. has wider leaves, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] wide, longer inflorescence, falcate lateral lobes of the lip, and a smaller midlobe of the lip." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidaceaum 4 Plate 431 Hagsater & Salazar 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 769 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1235 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1271 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section;