Epidendrum iguagoi Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turivalvae

TYPE Drawing by © Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot Warm Summer

Common Name Iguago's Epidendrum [Ecuadorian orchid Collector current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador in the lower Amazon basin at elevations around 500 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed stems carrying 8 to 9 narrowly elliptic, acuminate leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, racemose, peduncle 3.8" [9.5 cm] long, laterally compressed, partially enveloped by tubular bracts, rachis zigzag, arching, thin, to 5.6" [14 cm] long overall, simultaneously 7 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, flowers with the sepals and petals reddish-green and the lip is yellow.

"Epidendrum iguagoi belongs to the GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turivalvae and is recognized by the elongate peduncle of the inflorescence, with a short raceme, the small transversely ovate lateral lobes, triangular, acute apical lobes, and the prominent, elongate calli which reach the middle of the lip. Vegetatively the species is similar to E. vieirae Hágsater, which is distinguished by the differently shaped lip with the apical lobes broadened towards the apex and rounded. Epidendrum turialvae Rchb. f. has narrower, lanceolate leaves, and the apical lobes oblong and rounded. All species of this subgroup produce new racemes from the old inflorescence; as the type of the new species is a young plant flowering for the first time, this feature is not visible. The flowers are somewhat similar to those of E. lopezii Hágsater, which has larger flowers with narrower segments and large plants with paniculate inflorescence." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 446 Hágsater & Dodson 2001 drawing fide