Epidendrum sarcostachyum Hágsater, E.Santiago & Becerra 2015 GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Macrostachyum

TYPE Photo by E. Becerra and The AMO Herbaria Website

EARLY

Common Name The Fleshy Ear Of Corn Epidendrum [refers to this species very fleshy lip]

Flower Size .8” [2 cm]

Found in northern Peru on the eastern slope in clearings of wet cloud forests at elevations of 2500 to 3000 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with a primary stem that branches and then branching again, cane-like, terete, erect, straight stems carrying about 13 on the main stem, 5 to 8 on the branches, all along the apical 1/2 of the stem, articulate, alternate, coriaceous, similar in size other than the apical smaller leaf, erect, nearly parallel to the stem, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, obtuse, marigin entire, upper side lustrous, lower side glaucous, leaves that blooms in the fall, winter and early spring on a terminal,erect, racemose, occuring only once, peduncle .4 to to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, terete, thin, erect, straight, rachis .3 to .38" [7.5 to 9.5 mm] long, terete, straight, densely simultaneously 11 to 18 flowered inflorescence with slightly longer than the ovary, triangular-ovate, acute, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, fleshy, yellow or green flowers with the sepals dorsally tinged purple.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1558 Hagsater & Santiago 2015 drawing/photo fide;

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