Epidendrum puracestachyum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2015 GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Macrostachyum Photo by © Rodrigo Escobar and Herbario AMO Website


Common Name The Purace Ear of Corn Epidendrum [refers to this species being found on the Volcan de Purace and similar to E macrostachyum]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southern Colombia on the southern end of the Cordillera Central in paramo and tall Andean forests at elevvations of 2800 to 3200 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, branching when mature, terete, erect, straight stems carrying numerous on the main stem, 6 to 10 on the braqnches, all along the stems, articulate, alternate, suberect, unequal in size, basally shorter, lanceolate, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the summer through earlier winter on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, erect, occuring only once, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, terete, erect, bractless, rachis 5.6 to 6.4" [14 to 16 cm] long, successively few to 18 flowered inflorescence with prominent, slightly longer than the ovaryym gradually diminishing in size above, narrowly lanceoalte-triangular, acuminate, clasping floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate fleshy flowers with the perianth wine red.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; *Icon. Orchid. 15(1): t. 1552 Hagsate & Santiago 2015 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;