Epidendrum molleturense Hágsater & Dodson 2004 GROUP Megalospathum TYPE Drawing by © Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website

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Common Name The Parroquia de Molleturo Epidendrum [An area of Azuay Ecuador where the type was collected]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in south central Ecuador on the Pacific slope of the Andes in wet cloud forests at elevations around 2650 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing hanging epiphyte with simple, cane-like, arising newly from the base of the previous stem, terete, somewhat flexuous stem carrying 11 all along the stem, distichous, basal leaf smaller, narrowly lanceolate, oblique, acute, coriaceous, apical margin minutely dentate leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, arising through 2, elliptic-ovate, obtuse, conduplicate, margin entire spathes, short, erect, simultaneously 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with obscured by the spathe floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers with the petals cream red and the corolla red with a yellow point

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1458 P Ortiz & Hagsater 2013 drawing/photo fide;

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