Epidendrum megalobambusiforme Hágsater & Villaf. 2013 GROUP Bambusiforme

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Large Bamboo-Like Epidendrum [refers to its similarity to E bambusiforme but much taller, in fact one of the tallest in Epidendrum]

Flower Size 1/2” [1.25 cm]

Found in Cusco department of Peru at elevations around 1745 meters as a giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with very tall, simple, cane-like, terete, erect, straight, woody stems carrying numerous, all along the stem, articulate, distichous, subcoriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall and again in the earlier spring on numerous, lateral, arising at the base of a leaf sheath, from a mature part of the stem, without a spathe, opposite a leaf, racemose, pendent, laxly successively 20 to 52 flowered inflorescence with all the flowers eventually open at once, and with much shorter than the ovary, linear-triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, non-fragrant flowers with green sepals, the petals, colum and lip are white and the apex of the column, calli and disc of the lip are decorated with pale purple.

"Epidendrum megalobambusiforme belongs to the GROUP Bambusiforme which is characterized by the caespitose habit, tall, bamboo-like canes with numerous long, acuminate leaves, and the numerous lateral, racemose inflorescences. The species is recognized by the very tall plants, green flowers with the white lip decorated with light purple dots and lines on the disc of the lip and the apex of the column; the prominent, spherical, somewhat laterally compressed calli, and the strongly convex lip. Epidendrum bambusitricolor Hágsater & Collantes, recently described from Peru has shorter ovaries .68 to 1" [17 to 25 mm] long, very fleshy, though similarly colored flowers, it has wider, fleshy petals, and the lip spreading in front of the column. Epidendrum bambusiforme Kraenzlin has shorter stems, ca. 80" [2 meters] tall, brown flowers with the lip white tinged with small brown dots, the lip is spread in front of the column, not convex with the lateral lobes dolabriform, and the mid-lobe triangular, slightly emarginate." Hagsater etal 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1425 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1456 Hagsater 2013 drawing fide