Epidendrum foldatsii Hágsater & Carnevali 1993 Group Arbuscula

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Part Shade Cool LATERSummer

Common Name Foldat's Epidendrum [Latvian/Venezuelan Botanist and Orchid Specialist 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela within the Cerro de Avila at elevations around 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphtye with a new stem arising from the middle of the previous stem carrying 2 to 4, oblong-elliptic, sub-obtuse leaves that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, arising on a mature stem, arcuate, racemose, occuring only once, simultaneously to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying resupinate flowers without color and fragrance data.

"Epidendrum foldatsii belongs to the' GROUP Arbuscula characterized by the successive lateral growths arising from the middle of the previous stem and carrying a few leaves aggregate towards the apex that blooms on an arching, terminal inflorescence with membraneous, colorful flowers with a bicallose lip. The species can be recognized by the simultaneous flowers and the obreniform lip with a deep apical sinus and a pair of divergent calli in front of the column. Material of this species was identified by Foldats (1970) as E .lechleri Rchb. f., a Peruvian species with sepals .52" [13 mm] long and a 3-lobed lip. Epidendrum chimantense Hágsater & Carnevali is similar, but differs in having narrower leaves, up to .4" [1 cm] wide. lavender to purple leaf sheaths, and larger flowers, the sepals .36 to .4" [9 to 10 mm] long." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Venezuela Vol 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 as E lechleri Fig 488 B drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 121 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 134 Hagsater & Carnevali 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1386 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 See recognition section;