Epidendrum upanodifforme Hágsater & Dodson 1999 GROUP Difforme

Flower closeup Photos courtesy of Weyman Bussey

Common Name The Upano Difforme Epidendrum [A river in central Ecuador]

Flower Size

Found in central Ecuador along the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations of 1050 to 1600 meters as a miniature to just large sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, laterally compressed, erect, cane-like stems enveloped completely by leaf-bearing sheaths carrying elliptic, apically bilobed, basally clasping leaves that blooms on a simultaneously, 1 to few flowered inflorescence.

Part of the Epi difforme group, this one differs in the 3 lobed lip, semi-ovate, entire lateral lobes, emarginate midlobe, forming 2 semicircular entire lobes, and an inflated ovary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 356 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 393 Hagsater & Soto 1999 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 827 Hagsater & Soto 2006