Epidendrum kockii Hágsater & Dodson 1999 GROUP Kockii

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Plant and Flowers

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TYPE Drawing

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Common Name Kock's Epidendrum [Canadian Nurseryman Current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador and Peru? without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with fleshy, laterally compressed, short stems completely enveloped by 2 imbricating sheaths and carrying 2, fleshy-succulent, elliptic, green, margins and undersides tinged with purple leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, on a mature stem, occuring only once, peduncle erect, laterally compressed, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, simultaneously 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Epidendrum kockii is the type for the GROUP Kockii characterized by the caespitose habit, with 1 to 2, fleshy succulent leaves, an inflorescence subtended by 1 to 2 spathaceous bracts and 1 to 3 resupinate or not flowers with a prominent , fleshy, vernicose 3 lobed lip. The species is recognized by its short, fleshy stems and leaves, two spathes at the base of the 3-flowered inflorescence, and the very large flowers with the obreniform lip twice as wide as long, 1.6" [4 cm] across. It is closely related to E. cupreum Lehm. & Kraenzl., which has an entire, suborbicular lip. Epidenrum sophronitis Rchb. f. has one-leaved pseudobulbs and a long, acuminate, cordiform lip The lip, with a small, triangular apical lobe sets it close to E. numbalense Hágsater & Dodson [Still not officially described but soon coming] pers comm Hagsater 5/20] which has 2 to 3 leaves per stem, and the very similar but much smaller flowers, and the petals proportionately much wider. The outline of the lip is also very similar to E. nigricans, but this species has much smaller flowers and an elongate inflorescence." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 343 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1259 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1429 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1513 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section;