Epidendrum latorreorum Chocce, Hágsater & Dalström 2009 GROUP Kockii

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TYPE Drawing

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Part sunColdWinter

Common Name The La Torre's Epidendrum [Peruvian Landowners of Huiquilla Private Conservation Area Current]

Flower Size 1.4" [4 cm]

Found in northern Peru in montane forests on tree trunks at elevations of 2800 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with horizontal, simple, cane-like, somewhat laterally compressed stems enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular, striated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, fleshy, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic, rounded apically, entire marginally, articulate below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a terminal, occuring only once, short, terete, 2 flowered inflorescence arising through a very small, yellowish pink spathaceous bract and a much reduced, shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying simultaneously opening, non-resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum latorrei belongs to the GROUP Kockii, which is characterized by the caespitose habit, with 1 to 2 fleshy-succulent leaves, the inflorescence subtended by 1 to 2 spathaceous bracts, 1 to 3 flowers resupinate or not, with a prominent, fleshy, vernicose 3-lobed lip. The species is recognized by long, oblong-elliptic leaves, non-resupinate flowers, the deeply 3-lobed lip, the lateral lobes retrorse, rectangular, curved backwards, and the sub-quadrate midlobe of approximately the same size. Epidendrum kockii Hágsater & Dodson has much shorter leaves, to 2.6" [6.5 cm] long, resupinate flowers, obtuse-rounded sepals, and the lip obreniform, with large, sub-orbicular lateral lobes, and a small, triangular, obtuse midlobe; known only from southern Ecuador." Hagsater etal 2009


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