Epidendrum nambijaense Hagsater and Medina 2020 GROUP Nanum

LCDP Photo by © H. A. Medina and Icones Orchidacearum 18(1) plate 1826 2020

Common Name The Nambija Epidendrum [A town near where the type was collected]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe in secondary forests in trees and shrubs and especially Guava trees at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, straight, the new stem originating from a middle to sub-apical internode of the previous stem, gradually becoming slightly thinner and shorter and carrying 5 to 15 aggregate along the stem, articulate, spreading, unequal in sized, basal one larger, sub-coriaceous, basally twisted so as all the leaves are in one plane, reddish brown, widely lanceolate, obtuse, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, without a spathe, peduncle strongly reduced, laterally compressed, straight rachis .2" [5 mm] long, short, laterally compressed to terete, thick, straight racemose, sub-umbellate, .64 to .72" [1.6 to 1.8 cm] long overall, simultaneousl;y 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence with decreasing towards the apex, ovate-triangular, acute to acuminate, margin entire, light brown, almost as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying pendent, the lip always oriented towards the rachis, nonfragrant flowers.

"Epidendrum nambijaense belongs to the GROUP Nanum , which is characterized by the Dichaea-like pendent stems, the inflorescence produced by pairs of opposite flowers, without spathaceous bracts, but with prominent floral bracts. The new species is recognized by the plants 2.32" to 8" [5.8 to 20 cm] long, widely lanceolate leaves, reddish brown, the ovate-triangular floral bracts, the resupinate yellow to pale brown flowers, column green, with sepals ovate-lanceolate, .32 to .36 x .24 to .128" [8.0 to 9.0 x 2.9 to 3.2 mm], and petals linear-lanceolate, obtuse, and by the small sub-entire lip, .24 x .08" [6.0 x 2.0 mm], the mid-lobe triangular in general form, basal corners rounded, fleshy, with no lateral lobes, margin entire, apex obtuse; ecallose. Epidendrum integrinanum Hágsater has large, plants (about ca. 2.4 to 12" [6 to 30 cm] long, green concolor leaves, flowers white with green tone, with dorsal sepal oblanceolate, and lateral sepals oblanceolate-elliptic, .372 to .384 x .1 to .124" [9.3 to 9.6 x 2.5 to 2.6 mm], petals linear, and by the small sub-entire lip, .16 x .1" [4.0 x 2.5 mm], the mid-lobe triangular (longer than wide) and the lateral lobes very reduced, hemi-orbicular and rounded. Epidendrum vesicinanum Hágsater & L.Valenz. has smaller plants, 1.76 to0 2.68" [4.4 to 6.7 cm] long, light green flowers, a lanceolate dorsal sepal, .224 to .24" [5.6 to 6.0 x 1.8 to 2.0 mm], petals linear, acute, and by 3-lobed, bicallose lip, .124 x .1" [3.1 x 2.5 mm], with lateral lobes reduced, transversely elliptic, and the mid-lobe lanceolate." Hagsater etal 2020

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 18(1) plate 1826 Hagsater & Santiago 2020 Photos fide