Epidendrum moscozoi Hágsater & E.Santiago 2009 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name Moscozo’s Epidendrum [Peruvian Collector of the type species current]

Flower Size .4” [1 cm]

Found in Peru on the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching, branches very short, cane-like, basally terete, laterally compressed towards the apex, very thin stems carrying 10 to 13 on the main stem, all along the apical 2/3’s of the stem, 1 to 6 on the branches, alternate, articulate, subcoriaceous, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, minutely apiculate, margin entire leaves that blooms on a terminal, occuring only once, peduncle terete, thin, with a small, narrowly triangular, acuminate bract, racemose, simultaneously 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bract and carrying non-resupinate, white flowers.

"Epidendrum moscozoi belongs to the GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae which is characterized by the branching habit starting on a monopodial, primary stem, infundibuliform, rugose leaf-sheaths, lanceolate, aristate, acute leaves, racemose sub-capitate inflorescence on a short, thin peduncle, and the bicallose lip. The species is recognized by the small plants with thin stems and very short branches, leaves linear-lanceolate, short, 3 small, white flowers, sepals .148 to .16" [3.7 to 4 mm] long, and a reniform lip slightly cordate at the base, the margin crenate. Epidendrum soratae Rchb.f. has taller plants, 8.8 to 10.8" [22 to 27 cm] tall, lanceolate leaves .68 to 1.88" [1.7 to 4.7 cm] long, 8 to 12 yellowish green flowers, sepals .268 to .28" [6.7 to 7 mm] long, and a reniform lip, the base deeply cordate, the margin entire. Epidendrum obliquum Schltr. has plants up to 22.8" [57 cm] tall, lanceolate leaves .8 to .16" [2 to 4 cm long, and a reniform lip with entire margin, the column straight and the ovary is not inflated." Hagsater etal 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1215 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section;* Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1266 Hagsater & Santiago 2009 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1285 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1448 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section;