Epidendrum dolichobotryoides Hágsater, E.Santiago et Chocce-Peña 2013 GROUP Alpicolum SUBGROUP Pergracile

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by R Jimenez/TYPE Photo by M. Chocce-Peña and Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1424 Hagsater etal 2013

Partial shadeCold EARLY Winter Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Grape Bunch Epidendrum [refers to the shape of the elongate inflorescence]

Flower Size .64" [1.6 cm]

Found in Amazonas province of Peru at elevations around 2880 to 3250 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, simple, cane-like laterally compressed, erect stem carrying 7 to 12, on the apical half, suberect, alternate, articulate, subcoriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, subobtuse, somewhat bilobed, minutely crenulate margin leaves that blooms in the early winter and summer on a terminal, racemose, arching nutant, to 12 to 13.2" [30 to 33 cm] long including the 2.4" [6 cm] long, thin, laterally compressed, somewhat ancipitose peduncle, laxly, simultaneously 30 to 40 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, prominent, triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, pale orange brown flowers.

"Epidendrum dolichobotryoides belongs to the GROUP Alpicolum SUBGROUP Cyclotylosum which is characterized by the sympodial, caespitose to sometimes somewhat creeping habit, stems cane-like, simple, several leaved, with an elongate apical, racemose, lax-flowered inflorescence, the flowers star-shaped, membranaceous, the lip 3-lobed, not fleshy thickened, bicallose, the mid-lobe rectangular to triangular, the lateral lobes dolabriform to semi-orbicular. The species is recognized by the .44 to .482 [11 to 13 mm] long sepals, the mid-lobe of the lip oblong, somewhat constricted at the middle and subrhombic apically, margin entire, apex somewhat involute. Epidendrum vidal-senegei Hágsater has larger flowers, sepals .48 to .64" [13 to 16 mm] long, the mid-lobe of the lip is rectangular, with the apex acute, retuse, 3 to 4 times longer than broad. Epidendrum pergracile has smaller flowers, sepals .28" [7 mm] long, a triangular mid-lobe of the lip, and the lateral lobes form a straight angle with the mid-lobe." Hagsater etal 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1424 Hagsater 2013 drawing/photo fide