Epidendrum monteagudoi Hágsater & E.Santiago 2013 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name Monteagudo’s Epidendrum [Peruvian botanist and collector of the type current]

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in Pasco department of Peru on the upper slopes of the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes at elevations of 2900 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with cane-like, branching, main stem much longer than the branches, subterete, slightly sinuous stems carrying many on the main stem, 2 to 3 on each branch, suberect, articulate, coriaceous, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, minute apical apicule, apical margin crenate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, racemose, peduncle to .12” [3 mm] long, arching-nutant, .28” [7 mm] long overall, lax, simultaneously 7 flowered inflorescence with half as long as the ovary, linear-triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, glabrous, cream colored flowers sometimes with red spots.

"Epidendrum monteagudoi belongs to GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae which is characterized by the branching habit starting on a primary stem, infundibuliform, rugose leaf-sheaths, lanceolate, aristate, acute leaves, racemose subcapitate inflorescence on a short, thin peduncle, and the bicallose lip. The species is recognized by the cream-colored flowers sometimes with wine-red spots, the minute lip clearly 3-lobed with the margin entire, and the midlobe widely triangular. Epidendrum soratae has immaculate, greenish yellow flowers, the lip slightly 3-lobed, deeply cordate at the base, and bilobed at the apex. Epidendrum physopus Kraenzlin, has greenish-yellow flowers somewhat tinged with purple, but the lip is deeply 3-lobed, with an erose margin, and the ovary is not inflated." Hagsater etal 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1459 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 16[2] Plate 1679 Hagsater & Sanchez 2018 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 17(1) Plate 1730 Hagsater & Jimenez 2019 see recognintion section