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Epidendrum splendens
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Epidendrum splendens

Epidendrum splendens Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9: 93. 1921.

Type: Peru. Epiphytisch auf Sträuchern im Savannengehölz bei Moyobamba, alt. 1000 m, A. Weberbauer no. 4544, August 1904. (holotype: B†). LT designated by Schweinfurth, Fieldiana, Bot. 30: 458 (1959).

Illustrated specimen: Colombia. Cauca: Municipio de Santa Rosa. Corregimiento Descanse. Pie de monte amazónico. En borde de carretera. 1000 m, 22 de agosto de 2016, Rengifo L. 098 (CAUP; LCDP voucher).

Epidendrum splendens is recognized by its epiphytic habit, distichous leaves, an apical inflorescence of numerous and successive resupinate flowers. The lip deeply 3–lobed with a long middle carina in the middle lobe. It can be found on the roadsides. Similar to Epidendrum schomburgkii Lindl. with similar red flowers and plant, but the last differs by having a yellow ring in the apex of the column. . .