Epidendrum laciniitropis Hagsater 2004

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

Collection sheet

Photo by © The Field Museum and Muestras Neotropicales de Herbario website

Part shadecold Spring

Common Name The Prominent Lacinate Keeled Sepals Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in northern Peru on the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations of 2700 to 2950 meters as a cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, erect stems carrying 5 to 9, distributed along the apical half of the stem, oblong to oblong lanceolate, round, apiculate, subcoriaceous, rugose, crenate margined leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, terete, racemose, 2" [5 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence with tubular, acute floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, successively opening flowers held towards the apex of the stem.

"Epidendrum laciniitropis is closely related to Epidendrum crassum both of which have a sympodial habit, simple stems, the inflorescence longer than the leaves, erect and without a spathe. The new species has red flowers, prominently keeled lateral sepals, with the keel extendlng beyond the apex of the blade and the margin laciniate; the petals are about as wide as the sepals, elliptic, with the apex rounded to obtuse, and they appear 7-veined, due to the much branched lateral veins. In Epidendrum crassum the sepals, have smaller keels and the margin entire; the petals are narrower than the sepals, oblanceolate, very narrow towards the base; that species is found in southern Peru, east of Cuzco." Hagsater etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum Part 7 Plate 751 Hagsater 2004 drawing fide