Epidendrum hajekii R.Vásquez & Dodson 1999 GROUP Jatunsachanum

TYPE Drawing by © Vásquez & Dodson and The Epidendra Website

Part sun Cold LATERFall

Common Name Hajek's Epidendrum [Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast Passed 2011]

Flower Size .8" [2cm]

Found in Bolivia on the eastern side of the Andes in cloud forests at elevations around 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with cane-like, suberect stems with the base enveloped by sheaths and carrying, scarious, dark purple spotted, articulate, linear-lanceolate, grass-like, acuminate leaves that blooms in the later fall on an apical, suberect, racemose, subcomplanate, few flowered inflorescence arising through 1 to 2 spathes with conduplicate, distichous, attenuate, acute bracts, triangular floral bracts and carrying resupinate, green tinged with pale maroon flowers with the lip white tinged with violet, the column white with the apex having violet spots and reflexed sepals and petals.

"Epidendrum hajekii belongs to the GROUP Jatunsachanum, which is recognized by the caespitose habit, numerous narrow leaves, apical and lateral inflorescence in mature plants of some speciess, the inflorescences producing new racemes through time, column long and thin, petals filiform, the lip 3-lobed, the midlobe bifid, the apical margins fimbriate, with two small calli and the disc with 3 low rounded, fleshy keels, the pollinia obovoid, laterally compressed, with the caudicles soft, granulose and longer than the pollinia. The species is recognized by the long, linear-lanceolate leaves, the numerous leaves, an apical inflorescence at first flowerlng, then producing short, 3 flowered lateral inflorescence, the lip with the margin fimbriate, and the obovoid somewhat laterally compressed but not bird-winged pollinia. This species is quite unusual in that it has numerous short, lateral inflorescences when mature, after producing the first inflorescence which is apical, the numerous relatively narrow, linear-lanceolate leaves, and the flowers are reminiscent of the GROUP Paniculatum, but the pollinia are not bird-wing type, and the cadicles are soft and granulose. The flowers are reminiscent of Epidendrum jatunsachanum Dodson & Hágsater, but that species has laterally compressed, ancipitose stems, and a single, long, zigzag, apical inflorescence, which produces succesive racemes through time and the lip has a large purple blotch. The short lateral inflorescence, often with a couple of short, thick roots recall Epidendrum echinatum Lojtnant, but that species has much wider leaves, the flowers small, with a short, arched column, and the ovary and dorsal surface of the sepals echinate." Hagsater etal 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Revista Soc. Boliv. Bot. 2: 147 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol II Laelinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 plate 945 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1341 Hagsater & Dodson 2010 See Recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1342 Hagsater & Dodson 2010 See Recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 18(1) plate 1821 2020 see recognition section