Epidendrum milenae Dodson & R.Vásquez 1989 GROUP Nanum

Plant and Flowers

Photos by © Marni Turkel

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Dodson & Vasquez

What was described as E nanopsis

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Full shade Cool Summer

Common Name Milena's Epidendrum [Bolivian Daughter to Sr Vasquez and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in montane cloud forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature to just small sized, cool growing, pendulous epiphyte with canelike, flattened, branching stems enveloped completely by evanescent, imbricating, uppermost leaf bearing sheaths and carrying narrowly ovate, acute, asymetrical and dentate apically leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, fasciculate, racemose, short, successively several flowered inflorescence with triangular floral bracts.

The Type drawing is absolutely correct.

"Epidendrum millenae belongs to the 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 closely related to Epidendrum bonitense Dodson & Hágsater, from which has larger flowers with the sepals being .48" [12 mm] long, the subrectangular, acute, twice as long as wide lip, and the somewhat different coloring of the anther. Epidendrum bonitense was found sympatric with the similar E. thelephorum Hágsater & Dodson, which is smaller, with the midlobe of the lip ovate, rounded, and the anther prominently papillose. This group of species has been little studied, and further work in the field will certainly produce other undescribed species. The vegetative habit is that of a caespitose plant which also produces new stems from near the apex of the previous stem, a feature typical of this group of species." adapted from E bonitense Icones 2 Plate 113 Hagsater etal 1993

Synonyms Epidendrum nanopsis Dodson & Hágsater 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 223 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing okish; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 477 Dodson & Vasquez as E nanopsis 1989 drawing okish; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 113 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section as E nanopsis; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 155 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 see recognition section as E nanopsis; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 192 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 see recognition section as E nanopsis; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 351 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 388 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section and note; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 388 Hagsater 1999 as E nanopsis see note; Orchid Digest Vol 71 #3 2007 photo fide Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 448 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004drawing/photo fide;