Epidendrum macasense Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Nanum

Photo by © Edouard Faria

Another Flower

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website

Partial shadeWarmCoolLATEWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Macas Epidendrum [A town in Ecuador]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed stems carrying lanceolate, attenuate, succulent, acute, basally clasping leaves held all along the stem and all in one plane and blooms in the late winter on a terminal, pendant, subumbellate, 5 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature cane and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum macasense is part of GROUP Nanum characterized by the dichaea-like pendant stems with pairs of apposing flowers on an inflorescence without spathaceous bracts and has prominent floral bracts. The species is similar to E . lueri Dodson & Hágsater, but can be distinguished by the longer ca. 8" [20 cm] long stems, the narrower, attenuate leaves, the non-prominent nectary, the slightly prominent, entire clinandrium and the unornamented anther. Epidendrum lueri has stems up to 4.4" [11 cm] long, leaves ovate, acute, nectary prominent as a rounded vesicle near the base of the ovary, very prominent, erose clinandrium and anther with a conspicuous, lacerate beak. Epidendrum milenae Dodson & R.Vásquez , which has smaller flowers with sepals .14 to .16" [3.5 to 4 mm] long, shallowly 3-lobed lip, purple anther and dentate clinandrium." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 155 Hagsater 1993 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 351 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 388 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 448 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section;