Epidendrum fosbergii Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Pseudepidenrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum

TYPE Drawing by © Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name Fosberg's Epidendrum [American botanist and collector of species 1900's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador on the Amazon slope of the Andes at elevations of 2300 to 2600 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete stems carrying 7 to 10, all along the stem, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, alternate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on a terminal, paniculate, erect, peduncle 2.2" to 4.2" [5.5 to 10.5 cm] long, enveloped almost completely by 2 to 3, acuminate, conduplicate sheaths, without a spathe, on a mature growth, occuring only once, erect, 7.8 to 11.8" [19 to 29 cm] long, successively 2 to 4 per branch open, 38 to 84 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers with the sepals bronze-green, the petals pinkish white and the lip with a purple spot in the center.

"Epidendrum fosbergii belongs to the GROUP Pseudepidenrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum characterized by the caespitose habit with cane-like stems carrying acute to acuminate leaves usually booming on an apical inflorescence and carrying flowers with filiform petals, and a usually 3 lobed lip with 3 parallel fleshy keels, with the apical lobe often bifurcate and the "bird wing" type pollina. The species is recognized by the successive flowers, long, thin column, reduced clinandrium, green f1owers, lip with a purple blotch on and around the disc, sepals .44" [11 mm] long, the apical lobes of the lip oblong and curved, apex rounded. It is similar to E. paniculatum Ruiz & Pávon (fide Garay, F) in size, but that species has slightly longer sepals .52" [13 mm], simultaneous f1owers and the apical lobes of the lip triangular and curved, more acute." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 438 Hagsater & Dodson 2001 drawing fide