Epidendrum kanehirae Hágsater 2001 GROUP Coronatum

TYPE Drawing by Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Warm Cool EARLY Summer

Common Name Kanehira’s Epidendrum [Japanese Collector in Peru 1900’s]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in Huanuco province of Peru along the upper Rio Huallaga in between the Cordillera Oriental and the Cordillera Azul at elevations around 1000 meters as a just large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, straight stems carrying 5 or more, all along the upper half of the stem, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic, retuse leaves that blooms in the early summer on a terminal, paniculate, arching, peduncle somewhat compressed, with an ovate, acuminate bract, densely, simultaneously about 100 flowered inflorescence with as long as the ovary, triangular-ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum kanehirae is part of GROUP Coronatum characterized by the relatively large plants with stems carrying many leaves and blooming on an apical, racemose inflorescence without spathaceous bracts and large waxy flowers with a 3 lobed lip that is basally bicallose. The species has simple canes, fleshy leaves, no spathe, an arching, paniculate inflorescence with numerous fleshy flowers, the sepals elliptic, narrowed near the base, the laterals prominently keeled dorsally, and the 3-lobed lip with dolabriform lateral lobes, a cuneate, retuse midlobe and the calli laminar, the disc with very low radiating fleshy veins. Closely related to Epidendrum betimainum Barb. Rodr. but it has shorter, wider sepals, and a single keel between the two calli." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 450 Hagsater 2001 drawing fide