Epidendrum anderssonii Hágsater & Dodson 1993 GROUP Cernuum SUBGROUP Renilabium Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name Andersson's Epidendrum [Ecuadorian Orchid Specialist and Collector current]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in very wet, cool montane foerests on steep embankments with mosses at elevations of 1900 to 3000 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or lithophytic orchid with an elongate, woody, cane-like stem that can branch either apically or basally and is enveloped by close, tubular, scarious sheaths and carries elliptic, acute leaves that are basally clasping to the stem and blooms at most any time of the year on a short, few flowered, terminal racemose inflorescence carrying subsessile, thick, fleshy, non-fragrant flowers. The pictured orchid was photographed in situ near Macchu Picchu Peru.

Synonyms Epidendrum inamoenum var. robustum C.Schweinf. 1953

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum inamoenum var robustum; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 The Genus Epidendrum Part 1 Plate 107 Hagsater 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 449 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 469 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 479 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004