Epidendrum sympetalostele Hágsater & L.Sánchez 1993 GROUP Difforme

Photo by © Carlos Augusto Mesa Londono and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Another Drawing Original Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Fused Column Epidendrum [refers to the adnation of the petals and column]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Colombia without locality at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, strongly laterally compressed, flexuous stems carrying 3 to 4, all along the stem, subcoriaceous, narrowly elliptic, retuse, margin entire leaves that blooms at any time of the year on a terminal, on a mature stem, occcuring only once, sessile, simultaneously 1 to 3 flowering inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying resupinate, green flowers.

"Epidendrum sympetalostele is one of the most distinctive members of the GROUP Difforme, and can be easily recognized by the suberect petals which are adnate to the column such that they appear to arise from the middle of it, and by the transversely oblong, shallowly 3 lobed lip with three central keels on the disc and several thickened lateral veins, the lateral lobes with a conspicuous notch near the base, the midlobe short and very wide, shallowly and broadly emarginate and with a minute mucro in the sinus. Also definitive are the prominent, bifid lobes at the sides of the column apex, and the very prominent clinandrium which is irregularly laciniate." Hagsater etal 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 191 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 as E symetalostele photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 377 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1471 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide