Epidendrum odontopetalum Hágsater 2008 GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Secundum

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Toothed Petal Epidendrum

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in Bolivia on the Amazon slope of the Andes at elevations of 480 to 2600 meters as a giant sized, hot to cold growing terrestrial with simple, cane-like, terete, straight stems carrying numerous, all along the apical 2/3rds of the stem, oblong-elliptic, coriaceous, smooth, rounded, unequally bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on a terminal, racemose, elongate, peduncle elongate, terete, thin, enveloped almost completely by acute, tubular sheaths, rachis terete, producing other racemes in time, successively 5 to 6, 16 to 60 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, linear-triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, pink flowers with with yellow calli.

"Epidendrum odontopetalum belongs to the GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Secundum which is characterized by the caespitose habit, simple, terete, stems, numerous, oblong-elliptic, bilobed leaves, mostly elongate inflorescence, with a raceme of successive flowers, the lip with two calli and a prominent, flexuous keel. The species is recognized by the very tall plants, resupinate, pink flowers, flowering in succession, several open at one time, the calli yellow, the lip is suborbicular in outline, truncate at the base, from entire to 3-lobed, the margin dentate, and the oblong petals have the apical half of the margin dentate-erose. It closely resembles Epidendrum calanthum which has very similar pink-purple to white flowers with a straight column and larger, prominent calli; it's range extends to both sides of the Andes (Pacific and Amazonian slope) from sea-level to about 1500 meters altitude; the plants are not as tall."Hagsater etal 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI * Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1150 Hagsater 2008 drawing fide;