Epidendrum linderi Hágsater & E.Santiago 2013 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae

TYPE Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold Winter Spring Summer

Common Name Linder’s Epidendrum [Ecuadorian Botanist and collector of type current]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador on the upper Amazon slope of the Andes at elevations around 2400 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, terete, thin, branches shorter than the main stem carrying 5 to 7 alternate, articulate, subcoriaceous, green purple to purple red, lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, obtuse, minutely apiculate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter, spring through summer on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, very short, peduncle .04” [1 mm] long, sessile, .08 to .16” [.2 to .4 mm] long overall, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul, purple red floral bracts and carrying resupinate, yellow to green with purple flushing through the segments of the flowers and on the apex of the column.

"Epidendrum linderi belongs to the GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae which is characterized by the branching habit starting on a monopodial, primary stem, infundibuliform, rugose leaf-sheaths, lanceolate, aristate, acute leaves, racemose subcapitate inflorescence on a short, thin peduncle, and the bicallose lip. The species is recognized by the small plants, short leaves .32 to .88" [0.8 to 2.2 cm] long, inflorescence sub-sessile, 2 to 3 flowered, flowers yellow, comparatively large for the plant, sepals .4 to .6" [10 to 15 mm] long, petals falcate, linear-filiform, lip sub-reniform or semi-orbicular, base slightly cordate, apex widely apiculate, margin minutely crenate; the nectary forms a long, inflated vesicle along the apical ventral part of the ovary. Epidendrum soratae Rchb.f. has larger leaves, .68 to 1.88" [1.7 to 4.7 cm] long, somewhat longer inflorescences, peduncle .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long, with 8 to 12 yellowish green, small flowers with sepals .272" [6.8 mm] long, the lip reniform with the apex emarginate, not widely apiculate; it has a short inflated nectary at the height of the perianth. Epidendrum yanachagaënse Hágsater has elliptic-ovate leaves .32 to 1.6: x .36 to .52" [0.8 to 4.0 x 0.9 to 1.3 cm], the inflorescence 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, large, green flowers with sepals .6 to .64" [15 to 16 mm] long, .16" [4 mm] wide petals, and the lip sub-orbicular, apiculate." Hagsater etal 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 14 plate 1451 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 drawing fide;