Epidendrum neofuchsii J.M.H.Shaw 2017 GROUP Nocturnum

TYPE Drawing by © R. Jiménez M. and Icon. Orchid. 15(2): t. 1583 Hagsater etal. 2016


Common Name The New E fuchsii Epidendrum [New name to correct the incorrect name E fuchsii Hagsater etc 2016 which originally was named In honor of Hans Peter Fuchs-Eckert (1928-1999), Swiss botanist and pteridologist, who collected the type.]

Flower Size 3.4" {9 cm}

Found in Choco department of Colombia in estuaries near sealevel along el Rio Baudo as a medium to just large sized, hot growing epiphyte with sdimple, cane-like, basally terete, laterally compressed towards the apex, straight, green stems carrying 8 to 9, all along the stem, erect, coriaceous, green lanceolate to elliptic, unequally bilobed, minutely mucronate, evident dorsal keel and venation, green leaves that blooms in the mid winter through early spring on an apical, peduncle .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm] long, racemose to pluri-racemose, rachis .28 to .34" [7 to 9 mm] long, successively single, active over years,many flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate, embracing floral bract and carrying a resupinate flower.

"Epidendrum fuchsii belongs to the GROUP Nocturnum which is characterized by the sympodial, caespitose plants, cane-like, non-fusiform stems, successive flowers on a short, racemose or pluri-racemose inflorescence, without spathaceous bracts, and large, star-shaped flowers, with similar sepals and petals; the flowers are mostly indistinguishable in shape. The species is recognized by the green plants, with 6 to 9 leaves distributed throughout the stems, ovary 3.2 to 4.43" [80 to 118 mm] long, sepals 2.16" [54 mm] long, column 1.04" [26 mm] long, body if the capsule located at the apical half of the pedicelate ovary, sepals and petals lime-yellow tinged dorsally violet, lip and column greenish-white. It is similar to Epidendrum buenaventurae which grows along the Pacific lowlands in Mexico along the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, from sea level to 1420 meters in elevation, has green leaves occasionally tinged purple dorsally, flowers smaller, sepals and petals 1 to 1.84" [25 to 46 mm] long, ovary short, 1.4 to 2" [35 to 50 mm] long, column short, .36 to .68" [9 to 17 mm] long, sepals and petals greenish brown to yellowish green, lip and column white, the mid-lobe of the lip rarely yellow; body of the capsule at the center of the pedicelate ovary." Hagsater etal. 2016

Synonyms Epidendrum fuchsii Hágsater & L.Sánchez 2016

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icon. Orchid. 15(2): t. 1583 Hagsater etal. 2016 drawing fide as E fuchsii nom illegal; *Orchid Rev. 125: 57 Shaw 2017