Epidendrum garcia-esquivelii Hágsater & L.Sánchez 1993 GROUP Difforme

Photo by © Linda & Mikael Karlbom

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name Garcia - Esquiville's Epidendrum [Venezuelan Orchid Enthusiast and Collector of Species current]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela at elevations around 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with reed-like, slightly laterally compressed, flexuous stems carrying 6 to 8, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, bilobed apically, slightly carinate dorsally, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, sessile, 4 flowered inflorescence carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate, fragrant flowers.

"This species is a member of the the GROUP Difforme characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, one-flowered to many-flowered, and then corymbose, without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. The species can be recognized by the somewhat laterally compressed stems, narrowly elliptic leaves, greenish-white flowers, entire lip with prominent, ovoid calli, column with rounded, lateral processes at the apex, and obconical, crenulate clinandrium. Epidendrum scharfii Hágsater & Dodson is similar but has terete stems, inflated ovary, shorter, subglobose calli, arcuate column, and erose-dentate clinandrium." Hagsater etal 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 The Genus Epidendrum plate 135 Hagsater 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 The Genus Epidendrum Hagsater plate 321 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 The Genus Epidendrum Hagsater plate 323 1999 see recognition section; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide