Epidendrum lanipes Lindl. 1853 GROUP Amblostoma SUBGROUP Amblostomioides

Plant and Inflorescence

Photos by Ed Merkle


Drawing by Dodson & Bennett


Common Name The Wooly Column Foot Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 700 to 1500 [3000?] meters as a large sized, warm to cool [cold?] growing epiphyte with spindle shaped, basally swollen stems enveloped by close, tubular sheaths, scarious below the middle and leaf bearing above and carrying variable sized, ligulate to oblong-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, obtuse to minutely bilobed apically, basally clasping below leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a rigid panicle of divaricate, arcuate, each pubescent branch, 6" [15 cm] long, densely many flowered, 6" [15 cm] long, erect inflorescence and carrying fragrant [citrus] flowers.

"Epidendrum lanipes Lindl. is part of the GROUP Amblostoma SUBGROUP Amblostomioides characterized by the caespitose habit, the thinly fusiform stems carrying narrow, apically bilobed, subcoriaceous leaves distributed towards the apical half of the stem that blooms on an often large, apical, erect, paniculate infloresence carrying greenish yellow to white flowers with a 3 lobed lip and with the ovaries and sepals usually dorsally pubescent. The species has larger plants and flowers than Epidendrum montserratense and E lanipes is also strongly fragrant of citrus, the rachis as well as the ovaries are pubescent, and the lateral lobes of the lip semi-ovate, mid-lobe cuneate, retuse, bicallose with three short keels in front." Adapted from Plate 1540 Hagsater etal 2017

Also similar to E caurense and E purum but E lanipes has a different shape to the midlobe of the lip and has a different callus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 10: 70 Schlechter 1922; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 27:136 Colombia Schlechter 1924 ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 1959; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0064 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 704 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 734 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 749 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1540 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide