Epidendrum minutidentatum C.Schweinf. GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP Minutidentatum Type for the subgroup

Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Finely Toothed Epidendrum

Flower Size 1” [2.5 cm]

Found in southeastern Peru on the upper eastern slope of the Andes at elevations around 2000 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching towards the apex of the previous stem, cane-like, slightly terete stems carrying about 12 on the primary stem, 2 to 5 on the branches, all along the stems, distichous, basal one usually smaller, elliptic-lanceolate, somewhat oblique, apex rounded, with a dorsal keel, coriaceous, apical margin crenulate leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, with 1 to 2, obovate, rounded, margin entire, rugose when dry, covering the peduncle spathes, peduncle laterally compressed, thin, simultaneously 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular, acute, apically gradually shorter floral bracts and carrying resupinate, yellowish pink to reddish brown flowers.

"Epidendrum minutiflorum belongs to the GROUP Megalospathum SUBGROUP Minutidentatum characterized by the pendent, branching habit, non-resupinate flowers with the margin of the lip minutely dentate. The species is recognized by the branching habit, with the branches produced around the middle of the stems, subquadrate, deeply cordate lip with the margin conspicuously denticulate, the lack of calli, and the oblique apex of the column. Epidendrum sangayense is recognized by the short, wide leaves, small flowers with wide, obovate-elliptic petals." Hagsater etal 2006


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Icones Orchidacearum 8 plate 854 Hágsater & Dodson 2006 Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 884 Hágsater & Dodson 2006 See recognition section