Epidendrum indanzense Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Macrostachyum

Plant in Situ Ecuador

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Common Name The Indanza Epidendrum [Town In Ecuador]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations of [1200] 2000 to 2200 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing epiphyte with cane-like, strongly ancipitous, erect stems produced from a subbasal internode of the previous stem, arcuate through a right angle, curving upwards to a vertical position and carrying equidistant along the stem, progressively larger, elliptic-ovate, rounded, dorsally carinate leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, from a mature stem, erect, racemose, producing successive racemes over years, peduncle, elongate, longer than the stem, flexuous, ancipitous, successively 2 to 4, to 20 flowered inflorescence enveloped by tubular, ancipitous, acute bracts carrying non-resupinate, non-fragrant flowers.

"Epidendrum indanzense is part of the GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Macrostachyum characterized by the erect, branching, cane-like stems giving rise to an erect to arching, many flowered inflorescence without a spathe the very fleshy lip that is folded and embracing the column and a pubescent to papillose nectary in front of the stigmatic cavity. The species looks at first glance like an oversized plant of E . anceps Jacq, with flowers of E. chondrochilum. The plants are decumbent, the stems very strongly ancipitous, with ovate-elliptic leaves, very elongated, ancipitous peduncles longer than the stem proper, and erect, successive racemes producing succesive flowers, the sepals about .6" [15 mm] long and the lip cordiform, The species is unique in this combination of characters. In other members of the GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Macrostachyum the flowers are similar but usually simultaneous, the leaves are narrower and the stems usually are branching in old plants; the short peduncles are not covered by long ancipitous bracts." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 147 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 243 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 403 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 468 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 18(1) plate 1847 Hagsater, Santiago and Medina 2020 see recognition section