Epidendrum ivan-portillae Hágsater & H.Medina 2018 GROUP Porpax


TYPE Photo by Ivan Portillae/TYPE LCDP © by H Medina and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name Ivan Portilla's Epidendrum [Ecuadorian nurseryman Ecuagenera current]

Flower Size

Found in Ecuador on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Oriental de los Andes above Macas, and reportedly from Peru, Dept. of Amazonas, at elevations of 800 to 1200 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, straight, sub-pendent in natural position stems carrying alternate, 4 to 5, distributed throughout the stem, basally tubular, smooth sheath; blade articulate, lanceolate, acute, succulent, smooth, green, margin entire leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an apical, sessile, arising from a mature growth, flowering only once, through a single, ovate, conduplicate, apex obtuse spathe, single flowered inflorescence with very small, hidden by the spathe floral brqact and carrying a solitary, resupinate, fragrance none registered, tan to green flower with the lip wine-red at base, or throughout.

"Epidendrum ivan-portillae belongs to the GROUP Porpax, which is characterized by the small, creeping plants with succulent leaves, single flowers from a small spathe, mostly green with a usually shiny wine-red lip. The species is recognized by the oblique, arched triangular column the oblong, 1-veined petals, and the lip which is oblong-obovate, apex truncate to shallowly emarginate, corners rounded, widest near the apex, and the flowers green, with the lip only wine-red at the base or throughout. Epidendrum maxthompsonianum Hágsater & Dalström also has oblique column, the oblong, relatively wide petals, forming a cucullate hood with the dorsal sepal over the column in natural position, but the flowers are smaller, sepals .26" [6.5 cm] long, the petals wider, 3-veined, and the lip is orbicular and totally wide-red. Epidendrum gnomus Schltr. has narrowly triangular, nearly linear petals, outstretched in natural position, and the lip is ovate, somewhat cordate at the base. Epidendrum viridibrunneum Rchb.f. has linear, free petals, with the lip elliptic, the base somewhat cuneate, and elongate calli. Epidendrum mathewsii Rchb.f., which also grows in the region, has larger plants but similar sized flowers (identical to those of E. porpax Rchb.f. from Central America), with the lip reniform, convex, 3-keeled, with entire margins, and the nectary is elongate and does not form a globose vesicle on the underside of the ovary."Hagaster etal 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 16(1) plate 1629 Hagsater etal 2018 Drawing/photo fide