Epidendrum franckei Hágsater 2004 GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Secundum

Photo by © Sergio Alberto Queiroz Costa and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Part Shade Warm Cool Summer

Common Name or Meaning Francke's Epidendrum [Mexican Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in northern Peru at unknown locations as a large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with simple, cane-like, terete, thin, straight stems carrying 12 in the apical 2/3's of the stem, coriaceous, smooth, oblong-elliptic, rounded, slightly bilobed leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, successively racemose [2 to 3 recurring inflorescence sometimes on equally as long peduncles], elongate, to 12" [30 cm] long including the [27 cm] long, terete, thin peduncle enveloped completely by acute, tubular sheaths, rachis, short, terete, simultaneosuly 8 flowered inflorescence and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum franckei belongs to the GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Secundum which is characterized by the caespitose habit, simple, terete, stems, numerous, oblong-elliptic, bilobed, leaves, mostly elongate inflorescence, with a raceme of successive flowers, the lip with two calli and a prominent, flexuous keel. The species is recognized by the non-resupinate, pink flowers flowering simultaneously, the apex of the column and calli white, obtuse sepals and petals, the erose petals somewhat wider than the sepals and the lip with large, extended, semiorbicular lateral lobes and a smaller, bifid midlobe. It closely-somewhat resembles Epidendrum denticulatum which has somewhat acuminate sepals and petals, the petals with non-branching veins and entire margins, the midlobe of the lip proportionately larger, and a white spot on the disc covering more than the calli." Hagsater etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 737 Hagsater 2004 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Photo good;