Epidendrum dactyloclinium Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Allenii SUBGROUP Physinga

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

Cool Cold LATE Winter EARLIERSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Finger-Like Clinandrium Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, tertet in the repent basal portion, laterally compressed above stems carrying 3 to 5, distributed in the apical 1/4 of the stem, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate apically leaves that blooms in the late winter and earlier spring on a terminal, erect, pluri-racemose [produces new racemes from the apex of the original peduncle with time], 4.08" [10.2 cm] long including the ancipitous, biwinged, nude peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence without a spathe and carrying somewhat longer than the ovary, oblong-elliptic, obtuse to rounded, conduplicate, imbricate floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers with the sepals and petals light green and the lip is white.

"Epidendrum dactyloclinium belongs to the 2001 GROUP Allenii SUBGROUP Physinga, recognized by the caespitose habit, ancipitose stems, apical inflorescence, the apical peduncle ancipitose to the extreme of being bi-winged, the raceme subtended by a conduplicate bract at the apex of the peduncle, the floral bracts imbricate, flowers successive, one at a time, with a frequently prominent clinandrium. The species is recognized by the prominent three-lobed clinandrium with the lateral lobes finger-like, the dorsal lobe deeply dentate, the lip triangular with the corners rounded, and the petals linear-oblanceolate. Epidendrum nematopetalum Hágsater & Dodson has fíliform petals, a cordiform lip and a prominent, entire clinandrium somewhat arched with the apical margin minutely dentate. Epidendrum lankesteri Ames from Costa Rica has .2 to .36" [5 to 9 mm] long floral bracts, the bract at the base of the rachis larger, lip semi-elliptic, truncate at the base, somewhat lobed laterally towards the base and filiform petals 1-veined, clinandrium short, obscurely lobed." Hagsaer etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaeum 4 Plate 432 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 464 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 478 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 941 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1207 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section;