Epidendrum hygrohylephilum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2004 GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Ellipsophyllum

TYPE Drawing by © Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot Winter MOST LIKELY Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Wet Forest Loving Epidendrum [refers to its location on the Pacific coast of Colombia, a very wet rainforest]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Choco and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia in the Pacific lowlands at elevations around 100 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete basally, laterally flattened above, somewhat sinuous stems carrying 6 to 9, all along the stem, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter and most likely throughout the year, on a terminal, pluriracemose, new inflorescence arisng over the years on the same stem, erect, peduncle short, ancipitous, enveloped completely by acute, subimbricating bracts, successively single, few flowered inflorescence carrying trumpet shaped, resupinate, white striped with pale green flowers without fragrance data.

"Epidendrum hygrohyiephilum Hágsater & E.Santiago, from the western coast of Colombia, belongs to the GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Ellpsophyllum which is recognized by the caespitose habit, the simple cane-like stems, the apical inflorescence with the peduncle covered by imbricating bracts, and several racemes produced with time; the flowers are produced singly in succession and have a very long clinandrium hood. The species has narrower leaves and acute petals and lip, the apical lobe being triangular. It closely resembles Epidendrum ellipsophyllum which has straight, somewhat spreading sepals, a generally ovate-orbicular lip with small rounded lateral lobes and the midlobe hemiorbicular, rounded." Adapted from E ellipsophyllum Icones Plate 930 Hagsater etal 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 336 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 930 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1250 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater, Ayala and Saldana 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;