Epidendrum killipii Hágsater & L.Sánchez 1999 GROUP Difforme

TYPE Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot Spring

Common Name Killip’s Epidendrum [American Collector in Colombia and Ecuador 1900’s]

Flower Size 2” [5 cm]

Found in El Choco and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia on the western slopes of the Cordillera Occidental at elevations of 200 to 275 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed stems carrying 3 to 8, unequal, ovate to elliptic, retuse, evident veined leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, occuring only once, sessile, simultaneously 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter thyan the ovary, ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, green flowers.

"Epidendrum killipii is a member of the GROUP Difforme characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, one-flowered to many-flowered, and then corymbose, without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. The species can be recognized by its laterally compressed stems, ovate-elliptic leaves, longer toward the apex, sepals 7-veined, petals narrowly rhombic, 5-veined, lateral veins branched above, lip suborbicular-cordiform. It is similar to Epidendrum platychilum, which has smaller plants, somewhat lateral compressed stems, obovate, sinuate petals, lip with several thickened veins." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 306 Hagsater 1999 see recogntion section; * Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 342 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 781 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1535 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater, Ayala and Saldana 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017; Icones Orchidacearum 18(2) Plate 1854 Hagsater & Jimenez 2021 see recognition section