Epidendrum pseudokillipii Hágsater & L.Sánchez 2004 GROUP Difforme

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


Common Name The False E killipii Epidendrum

Flower Size 1” [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia on the Cordillera Occidental on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations around 1350 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, ancipitous, sinuous stems carrying 7 all along the apical 2/3’s of the stem, elliptic, evidently veined, unequally bilobed, coriaceous, the lower and apical leaves reduced that bloooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, occurring only once, sessile, corymbose, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying resupinate, green flowers.

"Epidendrum pseudokillipii belongs to the GROUP Difforme which is characterized by the caespitose, sympodial plants, fleshy, pale green to glaucous leaves, apical inflorescence, sessile, rarely with a short peduncle, single-flowered to corymbose, fleshy, green to yellowish green, rarely white flowers. The new species is recognized by its laterally compressed, ancipitose stems, elliptic leaves with evident veins, the sepals and petals short and wide, the lip widely cordiform-reniform, obtuse, the base deeply cordate, short, fimbriate clinandrium hood. It is somewnat similar to Epidendrum killipii which grows at lower elevations 200 to 275 meters, has few, ovate-elliptic leaves, longer and narrower sepals .96 to 1" x .24 to .26" [24 to 25 x 6.0 to 6.5 mm] and petals, petals narrowly rhombic, lip suborbicular-cordiform, the base shallowly cordate, clinandrium hood prominent, dentate. Epidendrum andrei Hágsater & L. Sánchez from Colombia, north of Valle del Cauca, has ancipitose stems, leaves without evident veins, sepals obovate, petals spathulate, rounded, lip obtrapezoid, clinandrium hood erose." Hagsater etal 2004


ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 781 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1532 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 18(2) Plate 1854 Hagsater & Jimenez 2021 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 18(2) Plate 1858 Hagsater & Jimenez 2021 see recognition section