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Rev. 35 (1927) 20. Flowers: October-November. Known from British Guiana, Venezuela, Brazil and Trinidad. TRINIDAD: Valencia, October 15, 1862 (Herb. Trin. 1819; Herb. n. (Herb. Trin. 10835; Herb. Ames 67803). fi ORCHIDACEAE HABENARIA 27 Willdenow Terrestrial, often palustrine, herbs with tuberous orfleshyroots. Stems erect, simple. Leaves basal or cauline, thinly membranaceous to rather fleshy, sometimes reduced to bracts. Inflorescence a few- to many-flowered spike or raceme. Flowers small to large.

Ames 67793). ORCHIDACEAE EPISTEPHIUM 45 Kunth Terrestrial herbs. Stem tall, simple or commonly branched. Leaves chartaceous to coriaceous, usually sessile or cordate-enclasping, strongly veined. Inflorescence terminal or rarely axillary, racemose, many-flowered. Flowers large. Bracts short. Apex of ovary with an urceolate cup. Sepals subequal, free. Petals rather similar to sepals but sometimes larger. Lip adnate to column, obovate, simple or slightly 3-lobed, enclasping base of column. Column long, dilated above, broadly 3-lobed at apex.

15364). (2) Epistephium parviflorum Lindley in Gen. and Sp. Orch. PI. (1840) 433. Epistephium Cruegeri Reichenbach fil. ex Grisebach Fl. Brit. W. Ind. Isl. (1864) 637. Epistephium petiolatum Huber in Bol. Mus. Goeldi 7 (1910) 288. Epistephium parviflorum Lindley var. album Hoehne in Comm. Linhas Telegr. Estrateg. Matto-Grosso, Annexo 5, pt. 4 (1912) 10. Plant strict or suberect, often shrubby. Stem branching, stiff, slender, usually from 1-2 m tall, frequently much taller, up to 2 cm in diameter.

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