Epidendrum nevadense Hágsater & E.Santiago 2004 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Fritzianum

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Parque de Los Nevados Epidendrum [A mountain group national park in the central Cordillera west of Bogota]

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia at elevations around 3670 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, erect, elongate, main stem branching with secondary and tertiary branching stems carrying 3 to 6 on the branches, [main stem leaves not seen] short, lanceolate, acute, retuse, margin minutely and scarsely erose towards the apex leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, without a spathe, short, arching, racemose, simultaneously 7 to 15 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, pink flowers.

"Epidendrum nevadense belongs to the GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Fritzianum recognized by the branching habit, acute leaves, rugose, adpressed sheaths, and three-lobed lip. The new species has .292 to .3.04" [7.3 to 7.6 mm] long sepals, the lateral lobes of the lip much smaller than the mldlobe, ovary ventrally inflated. Epidendrum scabrum has larger flowers, sepals .352 to .4" [8.8 to 10 mm] long, the lateral lobes of the lip as large as the midlobe, hemiovate, and the ovary not inflated. Though Epidendrum cernuum Kunth has a somewhat similar lip, the leaves are apically bilobed and longer, prominently aristate lateral sepals, a much more floriferous inflorescence, the lateral lobes of the lip obliquely ovate, obtuse and the clinandrium prominent, funnel-shaped, erose. Epidendrum pittieri Ames has large, greenish white flowers, the sepals .52 to .56" [13 to 14 mm] long, the lateral lobes of the lip are as large as the midlobe, and the column .4 to .44" [10 to 11 mm' long." Hagsater etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI * Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 766 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1275 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;