Epidendrum ellipsophyllum L.O.Williams 1941 GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Ellpsophyllum

Type Sheet

Drawing and Collection Sheet of Holotype by © L.O.Williams and


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

Part Shade WarmCool Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Elliptic Leaved Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Panama, Colombia and Ecuador? in wet forests at elevations of [350] 700 to 1400 meters as a small to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, thickened towards the middle, straight stems enveloped in the basal half by infundibuliform, acute sheaths and carrying 3 to 7, spread through the apical half, the lower smaller, larger towards the apex, deciduous [only the upper 2 to 3 are persistent], elliptic, shortly acuminate, entire margined, gradually narrowing below into the tubular, somewhat infundibuliform, striated when dry base leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a apical, racemose, shorter than the leaves, suberect, several racemes are produced from the same terminus over time, thin, ancipitous, straight, to 4" [10 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence inflorescence enveloped by imbricating, tubular, ancipitous, acute to acuminate bracts and has longer than the ovary, ovate-triangular, conduplicate, subacute, amplexicaul, imbricating floral bracts and carrying resupinate, transluscent pale green, non fragrant flowers.

"Epidendrum ellipsophyllum belongs to the GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Ellpsophyllum which is recognized by the caespitose habit, the simple cane-like stems, the apical inflorescence with the peduncle covered by imbricating bracts, and several racemes produced with time; the flowers are produced singly in succession and have a very long clinandrium hood. The species has straight, somewhat spreading sepals, a generally ovate-orbicular lip with small rounded lateral lobes and the midlobe hemiorbicular, rounded. It closely resembles Epidendrum hygrohyiephilum Hágsater & E.Santiago, from the western coast of Colombia, which has narrower leaves and acute petals and lip, the apical lobe being triangular." Hagsater etal 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing good; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 746 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Cho Colombia Misas 2005 drawing hmm/photo hmm; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 930 Hagsater & Santiago 2007 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 965 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1250 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Orchids of the Darien Gap Kolanowska 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Photo fide;