Epidendrum pachoi Hágsater & L.Sánchez 2001 GROUP Mancum SUBGROUP Mancum

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name Pacho’s Epidendrum [Francisco Lopez Colombian collector and gardener for Colomborquideas current]

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in northern Colombia without locational data at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with thin, cane-like, somewhat thickened towards the middle, laterally compressed, 4 internodes, newly arising from the 2nd internode of the previous stem carrying 1 to 2, apical, coriaceous, fleshy, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, rounded, unequally bilobed, with a small apicule, margin entire leaves that blooms in the early winter on a terminal, erect, arising through 1 to 2, almost parallel sided spathes, peduncle laterally compressed, racemose, simultaneously 7 to 13 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers with the sepals and the petals are coffee red brown suffused with green at the base, the lip is coffee brown, the column is white with purple blotches, at the apex, and the callus is white with purple spots.

"Epidendrum pachoi Hágsater & L. Sánchez belongs to the GROUP Mancum which is characterized by the sympodial habit, few-leaves stems, racemose inflorescence with 1 TO 2 ancipitose, long, spathaceous bracts with parallel sides, and SUBGROUP Mancum which is non-resupinate, generally fleshy flowers and a reduced lip. The species is recognized by its two apical leaves, three-veined, elliptic petals, three-lobed lip. It is very similar to Epidendrum mancum, which has 3 to 4 leaves, smaller inflorescence, spathulate petals, and an entire lip. Epidendrum microglossum Schltr. has larger plants, narrower, linear-lanceolate leaves. Epidendrum brachyglosum Lindl., has 3 to 4, linear-lanceolate leaves, and an obscurely 3-lobed lip. Epidendrum adenoglossum Lindl. has larger plants, longer leaves, 3-veined petals and an entire, linear lip." Hagsater etal 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI * Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 467 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 782 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 as E aff pachoi drawing/photo fide;