Epidendrum dalessandroi Hágsater & Dodson GROUP Alberti SUBBGROUP Alberti

TYPE Drawing

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

Cold Winter

Common Name or Meaning D'Alessandro's Epidendrum [American Orchid Enthusiast and Agronomist current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in wet bogs of cloud forests at elevations around 2100 to 2800 meters as a giant sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, terete in the basal portion, ancipitous above stems carrying numerous, distributed all along the stem, narrowly elliptic, acuminate apically leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal and or lateral, compound-racemose [produces new racemes from the bracts of the original peduncle with time], 5 to 8" [12.5 to 20 cm] long including the 3.6 to 4.4" [9 to 11 cm] long, elongate, ancipitose peduncle with prominent bracts, successively single, to 15 flowered inflorescence without a spathe and carrying longer than the ovary, oblong-elliptic, obtuse to rounded, conduplicate, imbricate floral bracts.

"Epidendrum dalessandroi belongs to the GROUP Alberti SUBBGROUP Alberti characterized by the caespitose habit, with numerous green to purple colored leaves, the laterally flattened stems with apical, and lateral inflorescence, the apical one with an anciptitose peduncle terminating in a conduplicate, spathaceous bract somewhat larger but similar to the floral bracts, and one to several racemes of imbricating, conduplicate, rounded, bracts which produce flowers one at a time. The species is recognized by the long plants with apical and lateral inflorescences, the ancipitose cane-like stems, the long, ancipitose peduncle of the inflorescence covered partially by rounded conduplicate bracts, and the large flowers with a convex, cordiform, emarginate lip, dorsal sepal cucullate, the column prolonged by the long, entire clinandrium. Epidendrum phyllocharis Rchb.f. has somewhat flattened stems, bilobed leaves, and smaller flowers, the dorsal sepal spreading, erect, lip 5-angled." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaeum 4 Plate 433 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 478 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 16[1} Plate 1649 Hagsater & Sanchez 2018 see recognition section;