Epidendrum oxynanodes Hágsater 1999 GROUP Nanodes

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Sharp Nanodes Epidendrum [refers to the long-acuminate sepals and petals that distinguishes this species and Nanodes a name proposed by Lindley as a new genus for a species in this group]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in Colombia without collection data but assumed to be from either the department of Choco or Antioquia as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with simple, cane-like, erect, terete, flexuous, the new stem arising from the basal or lower nodes of the previous stem and carrying 6 to 10, all along the stem, succulent, rigid, green with reddish flushing when in the sun, persistent, non articulate, lanceolate, bilobed, margin minutely serrulate, unequal the median larger leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, without a spathe, distichous, subsessile, simultaneously 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary, leaf like but smaller, basally conduplicate, progressively shorter above floral bracts and carrying non-fragrant, green tinged with red flowers with the lip olive green with reddish dots.

"Epidendrum oxynanodes is part of GROUP Nanodes characterized by the caespitose to creeping, sympodial plants, the short stems completely covered by the base of the non-articulate, fleshy, imbricating leaves and the sessile, few-flowered inflorescence. The species is closely related to E. schlechterianum with equally large flowers, the sepals being some .8" [2 cm] long, but distinguished by the long acuminate sepals and petals. Epidendrum schlechterianum has oblong, acute, sepals and petals. Other species in this group such as Epidendrum gonzalez-tamayoii Hágsater, Epidendrum congestum Rolfe, Epidendrum congestoides Ames & c. Schweinf. and Epidendrum longirepens (c. Schweinf.) C. Schweinf., all have smaller flowers, the sepals being less than .48" [12 mm] long. Epidendrum medusae (Rchb f.) Pfitzer has much large flowers with a prominent fimbriate lip." Hagsater etal 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 363 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 392 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 705 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Cho Colombia Misas 2005 as E schlecterianum drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 986 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Orchids of the Darien Gap Kolanowska 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;