Epidendrum microglossoides Hágsater & Dodson 2004 GROUP Mancum SUBGROUP Maancum

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The E microglossum-like Epidendrum

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador on roadbanks at elevations around 2000 to 2700 meters as a medium sized, cold growing, repent epiphyte with erect, straight, arising from the lower internodes of the previous stem, terete stems carrying 4 all along the upper 2/3’s of the stem, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, aristate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on a terminal, erect, arising through an ancipitose, oblong, acute spathe, racemose, peduncle completely covered by the spathe, somewhat laxly, simultaneously 11 flowered inflorescence with about as long as the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, weakly fragrant flowers with the sepals and petals chocolate brown and the column and lip are white.

" Epidendrum microglossoides belongs to the GROUP Mancum SUBGROUP Maancum, which is characterized by the sympodial growth, narrow spathaceous bracts with parallel sides, erect raceme with non-resupinate flowers and a generally reduced, fleshy lip. The species has terete stems, narrow leaves distributed throughout the stems, spathulate petals, a tricallose lip, the calli small, subglobose, lateral lobes of the lip bilobed, the lobes triangular, acute; mldlobe of the lip subquadrate wlth a 3-lobed apex, the middle one longer than the laterals, entire, rounded. It is similar to Epidendrum microglossum which has laterally compressed stems, a flexuose rachis, 3-veined petals, with entire margin, bicallose lip with suborbicular, entire lobes. Epidendrum brachyglossum Lindl. has linear petals, and a bicallose lip with subglobose, entire lateral lobes and transversally subquadrate, entire midlobe. Epidendrum condorense Hágsater & Dodson has laterally compressed stems, two, .43 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] wide leaves, a many-flowered, dense, inflorescence, 3-veined, oblanceolate-oblong petals, three prominent calli, and a lip with lateral lobes obliquely subquadrate, the apex bilobed, the interior lobe acute, the outer lobe irregular-rounded, midlobe subquadrate, and a subsphaerical anther." Hagsater etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 744 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 760 Hagsater & Dodson 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1263 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;