Epidendrum lezlieae R.Vásquez & Ibisch 2003 GROUP Philippii

Photo by © Saul Altamirano A. and The Parque Nacional Carrasco, Cochabamba Bolivia, Orquideas del Proyecto Hidroelectrico Ivirizu Website

TYPE Drawing

Photo/drawing by © R.Vásquez & Ibisch and The Epidendra Website

Part Shade Cool Cold LATE Summer

Common Name Lezlie's Epidendrum [Lezlie Margarete Vlasimsky Bolivian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations of 1800 to 2300 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with branching, canelike, thin, flexuous stems carrying all along the stems, alternate, articulate, oblong-lanceolate, thin, attenuate, acute leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, racemose to paniculate, erect, sub-complanate, flexuous, 12 to 16" [30 to 40 cm] long, laxly, successively few, many flowered inflorescence with conduplicate, attenuate, acute floral bracts.

"Epidendrum lezliae R.Vásquez & P.L. Ibisch belongs to the GROUP Philippii which is recognized by the sympodial, caespitose habit, laterally compressed stems, successive flowers and a generally sub-erect, paniculate inflorescence, the peduncle with up to 4 prominent, conduplicate, ancipitose, bracts covering the lower part of the peduncle. The species is from eastern Bolivia and has a somewhat similar inflorescence to E refractioides, with the long, zigzag peduncle bearing prominent conduplicate bracts, non-resupinate flowers, but the margin of the lip is irregularly serrate-denticulate; the inflorescence is racemose to paniculate. Epidendrum refractoides has wide, laterally compressed stem, wide, apically bilobed leaves, the inflorescence with several large, conduplicate bracts, spaced on an ancipitose peduncle, with branches produced from each bract, flowers green, orange-yellow to brown, and the somewhat pandurate lip. Epidendrum humiloides Hágsater & E.Santiago (syn.: Epidendrum refractoides var. humile C. Schweinf.) has smaller plants, shorter leaves, a racemose inflorescence with 5 to 6 flowers, a clearly 3-lobed lip, and has a single elliptic, acute spathaceous bract Epidendrum philippi Rchb.f. does not have any spathaceous bracts, and the infundibuliform leaf-sheaths are reminiscent of E. ardens, with large floral bracts perpendicular to the rachis. Adapted from E refractoides Icones Plate 1478 Hagsater etal 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Revista Soc. Boliv. Bot. 4(1): 31–32, f. 1, 4. Vasquez & Ibisch 2003 Drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol II Laelinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2004 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1478 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 16[1} Plate 1648 Hagsater & Sanchez 2018 See recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 17(2) Plate 1793 Hagsater & Jimenez 2020 see recognition section;