Epidendrum jativae Dodson 1980 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea

Photo by © Eric Hagsater

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Dodson and The Plant Illustration Website


TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website

Common Name Jativa's Epidendrum [Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador in wet, montane cloud forests at elevations around 730 to 1700 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with creeping, often branching then erect, produced from the base of some upper stems, cane-like, erect, terete, thin, straight stems enveloped by tubular sheaths which are leaf bearing and carrying loosely distichous, erect to spreading, membraneous, narrowly ovate to oblong, acute leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, arcuate, to .4" [1 cm] long, congested, successively few, 8 to 13 flowered inflorescence with about half as long as the ovary, gradually shorter, narrowly triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, greenish, more or less tinged with burgundy red to purplish brown flowers.

" Epidendrum jativae belongs to the GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea which is characterized by the branching plants, linear-lanceolate to oblong leaves, the apex bilobed, racemose, arching-nutant inflorescence, membranaceous, rarely rleshy flowers, the entire to 3-lobed, ecallose lip with the margin erose and with 1 to 10 thin keels, smooth to erose, the column completely free to obliquely united to the lip, the anther reniform. The species is recognized by the small, non-resupinate flowers, subglomerulose inflorescence, concave, subreniform lip apex 4- lobed, the external lobes shorter, oblong petals and the straight column, totality united to the lip, though this is not obvious from the small flowers. It is somewhat similar to Epidendrum microdiothoneum Hágsater & Dodson which has resupinate flowers, the ovary provided with a prominent vesicle, and a prominently arching, incurved column obliquely united to the lip which is 4-carinate and convex, somewhat longer than wide, and the lobes are all similar in area. Epidendrum cochabambanum Dodson & Vásquez also has small flowers, but the lip is cuneate, the flowers resupinate and the inflorescence has 3 to 6 flowers." Hagsater etal 2006


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Plantarum Tropicarum plate 085 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 702 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 805 Hagsater and Sanchez 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 847 Hagsater 2006 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 987 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1345 Hagsater & Dodson 2010 See Recognition section;