Epidendrum neudeckeri Dodson & Hágsater 1994 GROUP Piperinum

Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website

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Common Name Neudecker's Epidendrum [German Master Orchid Grower and co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Narino department Colombia and Esmeraldas province of Ecuador on the Pacific slope of the Andes in very wet lowland rainforests at elevations around 250 to 1050 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an erect, canelike, terete, often branching towards the apex stem and carrying many on the main stem, few on the branches, all along the stem, erect-spreading, subcoriaceous, narrowly elliptic, articulate to the sheaths, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, without a spathe, occuring only once, paniculate, usually with 2 to 3 racemes separated by the very thin peduncle, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, erect, successively 2, 9 to 16 flowered inflorescence with half as long as the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying yellow green flowers with the apex of the column white and with the flowers lip always facing the rachis.

"Epidendrum neudeckeri belongs to the GROUP Piperinum which is recognized by the monopodial, short, branching habit, filiform petals, and entire, ecallose lip. The species is recognized by the terrestrial or epiphytic, monopodial habit with erect terete stems, numerous somewhat oblique leaves, the stem producing several branches along the upper 1/3 when mature, flowering once from the apex with a paniculate inflorescence formed usually by 2 to 3 racemes of successive flowers on a very thin peduncle appears to be enough to identify the species. The flowers appear to be very similar to Epidendrum troxalis Luer in general shape and proportions, but the latter species produces flowers singly from the axil of the leaf-sheaths. Epidendrum piperinum Lindl. has small, pendent plants, ovate-oblong, succulent leaves, the lateral sepals parallel to the column, .32 to .36" [8 to 9 mm] long, petals erect, parallel to the dorsal sepal." Hagsater etal 2010


ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *Orquideología Vol 19 #2 pg 143-145 Dodson & Hagsater 1994 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1360 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 18(1) plate 1842 Hagsater, Santiago and Medina 2020 see recognition section