Epidendrum medinae Dodson 1980GROUP Oerstedella SUBGROUP Wallisii

Photo by © Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Part Shade Warm Cool Winter SpringSummer Fall

Common Name Medina's Epidendrum [Ecuadorian co-discoverer of species]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador in very wet, montane cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 1100 meters as a large to giant sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, erect stems enveloped completely by dry, verrucose, tubular sheaths with the uppermost being leaf bearing and carrying distichous, erect-spreading, elliptical, acute, coriaceous leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, or lateral opposite the leaves, racemose, 1.2" [3 cm] long, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence.

"Epidendrum medinae Dodson is part of the GROUP Oerstedella SUBGROUP Wallisii characterized by the large fleshy flowers, an entire to trilobed lip, a petaloid clinandrium and obovoid, laterally compressed pollina with granulose caudicles. The species is recognized by the immaculate, olive-green, sepals and petals dotted with red, plants are taller 60" [1.5 m tall], the sepals and petals are adorned with red dots, and the lateral lobes of the 3- lobed lip are shorter than the midlobe and rounded. E misasii M.A has shorter plants 14" to 20" [35 -50] cm tall with immaculate, olive-green sepals and petals, the white lip tinged with purple, and 3-lobed wlth the lateral lobes reaching the apex of the midlobe. Epidendrum cuneatum Schltr., from the upper Amazon slope of the Andes from Ecuador to Bolivia, also has green sepals and petals spotted brown, and the lip tinged with vlolet, but the lip is entire¡ cuneate-obovate, witñ the apex bilobed." Hagsater etal Adapted from Icones Plate 958 2007

Synonyms Oerstedella medinae (Dodson) Hágsater 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 88 1980 drawing fide; Orquidea (Mexico City), n.s., 8: 21 1981 as Oerstedella medinae; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 926 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 958 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section