Epidendrum misasii Hágsater 2005 GROUP Oerstedella SUBGROUP Wallisii

Photo by © Jorge Mario Munera

Another Flower

Photo by © Guillermo Misas and The Epidendra Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website


Original Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name Misas' Epidendrum [Colombian Orchid enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Colombia at elevations around 400 to 1150 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, erect stems carrying about 23, all along the apical half of the stem, alternate, articulate, basal leaves deciduous, narrowly elliptic, acute, subcoriaceous, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal or lateral, erect, peduncle .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, provided with a single, cucullate, acute bract, terete, thin, short, 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long overall, racemose, lax, simultaneously 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, cucullate to widely triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers with the sepals and petals olive green, the lip and column white, slightly tinged with lilac and a yellow callus.

"Epidendrum misasii belongs to the GROUP Oerstedella which is characterized by the sympodial habit, mostly verrucose stems, and the rostellum which is perpendicular to the axis of the column instead of parallel, forming a wide, open sinus, and without a viscidium, and the SUBGROUP Wallisii which has large, fleshy flowers, the lip entire or 3- lobed, the midlobe of the lip bilobed, the clinandrium-hood petaloid, and the pollinla obovoid, laterally compressed, with granulose caudicles. The species is recognized by lhe 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 medinae Dodson has flowers of the same color, sepals and petals dotted with red but plants are taller 60" [1.5 meters] 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. 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 violet, but the lip is entire, cuneate-obovate with the apex bilobed." Hagsater etal 2007

Synonyms Oerstedella viridiflora Hágsater 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 2 1984 as Oerstedella viridiflora Drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 as Oerstedella viridiflora photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 926 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 958 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawingfide/photo good;