Epidendrum amethystinum Rchb.f. 1867 GROUP Ventricosum

Another AnglePhotos by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Partial sun Cool LATERSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Purple Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the upper western slopes in wet montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, short, somewhat laterally thickened and compressed, cane-like stems carrying 3 to 5, lowermost deciduous during blooming, alternate, all along the stem, articulate, elliptic, bilobed apically, coriaceous, smooth, green, slightly tinged purple leaves that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, flowering only once, arching, short, 8 to 11 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature stem through a sub rectangular, conduplicate, apically rounded spathaceous bract which envelopes it completely and has much shorter than the ovary, short, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying successively opening resupinate flowers opening towards the apex of the inflorescence first and then towards the base.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1870 drawing; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 PHOTO FIDE; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1302 Hagsater& Sanchez 2010 drawing fide