Epidendrum cotacachiense Hágsater & Dodson 2009 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Cernnum

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Flower?

Inflorescence Photos by © Eerika Schulz and her Flickr Orchid Photo Website

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Cotacachi Epidendrum [A town in Imbabura Ecuador]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in through central Ecuador on both sides of the Andes at elevations of 2700 to 3600 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial or rarley epiphyte with branching above, cane-like, terete, erect, main stem much longer than the branches, straight stems carrying 11 to 21 on the main stem, all along the stem, distichous, articulate, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic, rounded apically, slightly bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late spring through early winter on a terminal, arching, occuring only once, racemose, peduncle short, subterete, subdernse, simultaneously 15 to 20 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, greenish yellow to creamy white, fragrant flowers with the dorsal side of the sepals tinged with purple brown.

CAUTION Although close, I am hesitant to determine the photos as this species, I await verification from Eric Hagsater.

Synonyms P>References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1231 Hágsater & Dodson 2009 drawing fide;

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