Epidendrum alsum Ridl.1886 GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Aquaticum

Inflorescence Photos By Jany Renz and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbarium

Common Name or Meaning The Fresh Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Guyana and southeastern Venezuela in open areas on shrubs and in bromeliads at elevations of 2300 to 2900 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestro/lithophyte with an erect, often branched, fairly stout, subterete stem carrying a few, fairly thick, leathery, rigid, linear, acute, rough but shiny above, often apically hooked, margins generally recurved, basally clasping leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, to 4" [10 cm] long, shortly paniculate, several flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 238 Bennett & Chriustenson 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora de la Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Myrtaceae- Plumbaginaceae Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievytch and Holst 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1349 Hagsater 2010 drawing fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;