Epidendrum eriksenii Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Amblostoma SUBGROUP Amblostomioides

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

Partial shadeCold LATERSummer EARLYFall

Common Name or Meaning Eriksen's Epidendrum [Denmark Botanist in Ecuador current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern, Loja province of Ecuador in secondary scrub of dry montane forests at elevations around 2050 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a simple, thickened into a fusiform pseudobulb, carrying 4, smooth, narrowly lanceolate-elliptic, obtuse, apiculate leaves that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a terminal, arising on a mature stem, occuring only once, paniculate, erect, to 4" [10 cm] long including the terete peduncle, simultaneously to 20 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate, floral bracts and carrying greenish white, resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum eriksenii is part of GROUP Amblostoma SUBGROUP Amblostomioides characterized by the caespitose habit, the thinly fusiform stems carrying narrow, apically bilobed, subcoriaceous leaves distributed towards the apical half of the stem that blooms on an often large, apical, erect, paniculate infloresence carrying greenish yellow to white flowers with a 3 lobed lip and with the ovaries and sepals usually dorsally pubescent. The species is closely related to E. purum Lindl. but has much smaller, thickened, pseudobulbous stems and acute (not acuminate) floral segments. The column is somewhat sigmoid when seen together with the ovary, the apex upturned, instead oí being arcuate downwards." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 132 Hagsater 1993 drawing fide