Epidendrum kapuleri (Szlach. & Kolan.) J.M.H.Shaw 2016 GROUP Takulumena

Plant detail

LCDP Photo by © E. Hágsater & R. Jiménez/Plant photo by © Eric Hagsater and AMO Herbario Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Szlach. & Kolan

Common Name Kapuler's Epidendrum [American Type collector current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia on the Central Cordillera at elevations around 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, erect, laterally compressed, completely covered by the foliar sheaths; sometimes producing new secondary stems from the base or the lower internodes of the primary stem with age secondary stems smaller in every way carrying 6 to 19, distributed all along the stem, distichous, imbricating, articulate, coriaceous, linear-lanceolate, canaliculate, rounded apically leaves that blooms in the summer on a lateral, near basal, creeping-pendent, lasting several years, 3" [7.5 cm] long, branching, successively single, many flowered inflorescence similar to those of the scape, longer than the ovary, tubular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying nonresupinate, ochre colored flowers, the lip darker, anther pink, column with a pink hue, and the sepals and petals slightly tinged pink towards the apex; no fragrance perceived during daytime.

"Epidendrum kapuleri belongs to the GROUP Takulumena which is recognized by the small, Vanda-like plants, with simple, imbricating, distichous leaves, and a lateral complicated inflorescence, producing new, single-flowered segments over several years, from the base of the stem or with age from the lower internodes of the stem. The species is recognized by the short leaves, .4 to 1.4" [1.0 to 3.5 cm] long, unequal in size, sepals .332 to .36" [8.3 to 9.0 mm] long, acute, the apex apiculate, petals glabrous with the margin scarcely ciliate, flowers ochre with the apex of the tepals pink, lip widely cordiform. Epidendrum sophronitoides F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. has larger equal leaves 2.28 to 3" [5.7 to 7.5 cm] long, sepals .4 to .56" [10 to 16 mm] long, apex acuminate, petals with ciliate margin, flowers copper green to yellow-green, lip ovatecordiform. Epidendrum psilosepalum Hágsater & E. Santiago has leaves .84 to 1.8" [2.1 to 4.5 cm] long, sepals .28 to .32" [7 to 8 mm] long, petals densely pubescent, flowers greenish yellow tinged red, lip widely triangular with the base truncate. Epidendrum rhodovandoides Hágsater has much smaller plants, .8" [2 cm] tall, leaves up to 2" [5 cm] long, sepals .16 to .22" [4.0 to 5.5 mm] long, petals with the margin clearly ciliate, red flowers, and lip sub-cordiform." Hagsater etal 2018

Synonyms *Takulumena kapuleri Szlach. & Kolan. 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wulfenia 21: 78 Szlachetko & Kolanowska 2014 as Takulumena kapuleri drawing fide: *Icones Orchidacearum 16[2] Plate 1676 Hagsater & Sanchez 2018 drawing/photo fide;