Epidendrum macarense Hágsater & L.Sánchez 2004 GROUP Difforme

TYPE Drawing by © Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Sierra de la Macarena Epidendrum [A mountain range in Meta Colombia]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in the department of Meta Colombia on the Sierra de la Macarena at lower elevations as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, ancipitous, somewhat flexuous stems carrying 3 to 8, all along the stem, ovate-elliptic, unequally bilobed, slightly carinate dorsally, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, arising on a mature stem, occuring only once, peduncle very short, subcorymbose, subsessile, simultaneously 9 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, ovate, rounded floral bracts and carrying resupinate, yellow green flowers.

"Epidendrum macarense belongs to the GROUP Difforme which is characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, one-flowered to corymbose, without spathaceous bracts, fleshy, green to yellowish-green rarely white flowers. The new species is recognized by ancipitose stems, ovate-elliptic leaves, lip entire, subtruncate, widely obtuse, disc with several prominent veins, arcuate column and clinandrium hood prominent, subquadrate. It is similar to E. sertorum from the upper Orinoco in Venezuela and east of Colombia, but this has lateraly compressed stems, 4 to 6, elliptic leaves, straight column with the clinandrium hood shorter and dentate." Hagsater etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 757 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [2] Plate 1585 Hagsater & Sanchez 2016 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;