Epidendrum laterinocturnum Hágsater 2004 GROUP Nocturnum

TYPE Drawing by Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot

Common Name The Lateral Inflorescence E nocturnum Epidendrum

Flower Size 3.2” [8 cm]

Found in the Pacific lowlands of Narino department of Colombia at elevations around 150 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with terete below, ancipitous above, thin stems carrying 8 all along the apical 2/3’s of the stem, elliptic, narrowly bilobed, about 6 times longer than wide leaves that blooms on a terminal and lateral, distichous, at least the apical pluriracemose, occuring over several years, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute, clasping floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum laterinocturnum belongs to the GROUP Nocturnum which is characterized by the caespitose habit, subcoriaceous leaves, usually apical, pluriracemose inflorescence, which produces one flower at a time from a bunch of racemes formed over time, each raceme formed slowly, the flowers white, star-shaped, the lip usually deeply 3-lobed, the midlobe acicular. The new species can be recognized by its apical and lateral inflorescences, the stems terete below, ancipitous above, though not widened, leaves narrow, less than .8" [2 cm] wide, distributed throughout the apical 2/3 of the stem, the ovary about as along as the sepals. Epidendrum nocturnum and all other species in that group are distinguished from this species by the exclusively apical inflorescence. Epidendrum buenaventurae F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. found in the same general area has fewer, longer, narrower leaves, the ovary 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, and only apical inflorescences, stems somewhat wider above." Hagsater etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 752 Hagsater 2004 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 dawingfide