Epidendrum glossoclinium Hágsater & Dodson 2007 GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Allenii

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

Part ShadeWarm LATESpring

Common Name or Meaning The Tongue Like Lateral Lobe Epidendrum [refers to the column]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in northern Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 800 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with cane-like, erect, terete below, laterally flattened above stem carrying 3 to 4, all along the apical 1/2, narrowly ligulate-lanceolate, obtuse basally leaves that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, pluri-racemose, producing successive racemes in time, from the apex of the stem, erect, .16 to .4" [.4 to 1 cm] long including the short, terete peduncle enveloped completely by various bracts, successively single [one from each raceme], flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular ovate, acute, imbricate floral bracts and carrying pale yellow flowers.

"Epidendrum glossoclinium belongs to the GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Allenii , recognized by the caespitose habit, ancipitose stems, an apical inflorescence, the imbricating bracts, successive flowers, one at a time, and frequently prominent clinandrium-hood. The species is recognized by the thin, small-leaved .68 to 1.68" x .16 to .2" [1.7 to 4.2 x 0.4 to 0.5 cm] plants, the short, terete peduncle of the inflorescence covered by numerous bracts, successive, pale yellow flowers, one at a time, the partly spreading sepals and petals, triangular, acuminate lip with subglobose calli, and the 3-lobed clinandrium-hood with the lateral lobes oblong, obtuse. The flowers closely resemble E. dactyloclinium from southern Ecuador on the Amazon basin, which has longer, wider, leaves 3.92" to 5" x .4 to .72" [9.8 to 12.5 x 1.0 to 1.8 cm], larger flowers with sepals .504 to .52" [12.6 to 13 mm] lon), the calli of the lip elongate, narrow, and the clinandrium-hood deeply dentate with the lateral lobes narrowly oblong and acute. In its area of distribution it can be confused with E jejunum Rchb.f., a species of the Difforme Group with leaves up to 4.8" [12 cm] long, a cordiform lip and the clinandrium-hood short, slightly surpassing the body of the column. Epidendrum stellidifforme Hágsater & Dodson, also described from Maldonado, has star shaped flowers and the clinandrium hood 3-lobed, with laminar side lobes, and the midlobe deeply dentate." Hagsater etal 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 941 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide;