Epidendrum sagasteguii Hágsater & E.Santiago 2004 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Renilabium

Original Drawing by © Lopez and The Herbario AMO Publications Website

Common Name Sagastegui's Epidendrum [Peruvian Orchid Collector Current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in northern Peru on the western side of the Andes at elevations of 2150 to 2200 meters on rocky slopes as a giant sized, cold growing lithophyte with branching, cane-like, terete below, somewhat laterally compressed above stems carrying 10 to 13 on the branches, all along the apical 3/4's of the stem, alternate, articulate, oblong to narrowly elliptic, bilobed, low dorsal keel, coriaceous, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, arching, racemose, peduncle thin, short, provided in the middle by 2 triangular, acute bracts, dense, mostly simultaneously 20 to 25 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, opening from the base towards the apex, green flowers.

"Epidendrum sagasteguii belongs to the GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Renilabium which is characterized by the tall plants, monopodial habit, large, bilobed leaves, racemose inflorescence, entire to bilobed lip with a channel at the base of the lip between the calli. The new species is recognized by the flowers which open from the base of the inflorescence towards the apex, the sepals are somewhat shorter, and the petals have a deeply erose margin. Epidendrum renilabium produces the flowers from the apex of the inflorescence backwards, with concolor green flowers, the sepals are .56 to .72" [14 to 18 mm] long, the perals have an entire margin. Epidendrum pazii Hágsater has flowers opening from the base towards the apex, petals elliptic-obovate, obtuse, with entire margins. Epidendrum renilabloides Hágsater & Dodson has white to bronzy greenish flowers, opening from the apex towards the base of the inflorescence, the lip reniform, apiculate, with a "Y" shaped callus." Hagsater etal 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970 as E renilabium; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 767 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; * Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 787 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1282 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1283 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1482 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 see recognition section;