Epidendrum brachycorymbosum Hágsater & Dodson 2004 GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Elongatum

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TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Short Corymb Epidendrum [refers to the shape of the inflorescence]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations of 1500 to 1650 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a simple, cane-like, terete basally and flattened towards the apex stem carrying up to 9, alternate, subcoriaceous, elliptic, rounded apically, crenulate to entire margined leaves that are smaller below and are situated in the upper 2/3's of the stem which can bloom in the winter through summer on a terminal, racemose, erect, terete, very short inflorescence with the peduncle hidden by two, tubular bracts and the rachis is enveloped by the triangular, long-acuminate floral bracts carrying 10 to 30, successively flowering, resupinate, non-fragrant flowers.

"Epidendrum brachycorymbosum belongs to the GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Elongatum , recognized by the caespitose habit, numerous oblong leaves, usually elongate peduncle of the inflorescence, with a raceme of nonresupinate flowers, complicated callus and granular caudides of the pollinia. The species is immediately recognized by the short peduncle. At first sight, because the pedundcle has bracts, the appearance of the plant seems to indicate a member of the Alpicolum Group, but the flowers immediately indicate otherwise. The flowers are typically a member of the Elongatum Subgroup, with the complicated callus, fringed lip and caudides of the pollinia formed by long pollen tetrads remlniscent of a stack of roof shingles. Other species in this group all have a long peduncles, which characterizes the group." Hagsater etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Fascile 7 The Genus Epidendrum Part 4 Plate 714 Hagsater 2004 drawing ok