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Epidendrum coriifolium (Edit: probably E. alvarezdeltoroi)

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by KellyW, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I received this plant from Bob Williams in a trade. I really like it, Bob and I assure you this is not a complaint. I'm just really interested. However, there are plants on line that look like this and others with very different foliage all called coriifolium. This plant has foliage like a bi-foliar Cattleya. Bob, I am curious where you got this plant. The only other Forum post of this species looks quite different (plant) although it is tagged as a var purpuracens. https://www.orchidsforum.com/threads/epidendrum-coriifolium-var-purpuracens.7525/

    The plant shot on IOSPE is very different
    http://www.orchidspecies.com/orphotdir/epidencoriifolium.jpg

    The information found HERE at the Swiss Orchid Foundation is equally confusing.

    This is in the Group Spathiger and there are several that look similar. I am going to look into this deeper and see what I can find out. Does anyone have insight or knowledge of this species or others within the Group?
    Epidendrum coriifolium close RAW-900.jpg

    The ruler is cm/mm
    Epidendrum coriifolium plant-900.jpg Epidendrum coriifolium RAW-900.jpg
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Kelly, that is a very nice plant in all respects. It looks quite different than the plant that I have labelled as coriifolium, both in plant growths and flowers. I'll do some digging to see if I can find something closer.
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    So, I searched orchidspecies.com for coriifolium, and the first entry was Epidendrum amazonicoriifolium...there could be more
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    That was the closest species I could find. If you ever have a division, i am interested
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    That being said, it doesn't look exactly like amazonicoriifolium, but close.
     
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    Doesn't much look like my E. coriifolium, either. *I have heard* that there are a number of similar species not well sorted out. Except for color, the flowers have similar shape, so if you were only to go by shape, I'd call it a coriifolium. If, however, you consider plant form, not so. (Mine has a darker green and bronze flower, and semi-terete leaves arranged like a "reed-stem" epidendrum.)
     
  7. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks Bill and Carl. After looking into this further it seems to be Epidendrum alvarezdeltoroi.
    Here is the IOSPE description which is right-on for my plant
    http://www.orchidspecies.com/epialverezdeltoroi.htm
    -Flowers are simultaneous opening
    -Nocturnally scented (smells like nutmeg to me)
    -The lateral sepals are tipped with a vertical "blade" tip as shown in the drawing
    -size matches
    - 2-3 leaves per stem; coriaceous; bilobed

    Kew accepts this name; described 2001
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Kelly, that does seem to match better than amazonicoriifolium, especially that sepal tip.
     
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    Hi kelly, i hope it's a species you didn't already have. i'm afraid i don't know where i got the plant. Bob.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Bob, I didn't have it. It is a great plant and species.
     
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    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    lovely plant :clap: