Epidendrum aristatum Ackerman & Montalvo 1986 GROUP Albertii SUBGROUP Allenii TYPE Drawing by Ackerman & Montalvo and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Small Spike Epidendrum [refers to the spiked floral bracts and sepals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador often in cloud forests at elevations around 230 to 1750 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, laterally compressed, erect, straight stems carrying 8 to 15, in the apical half, alternate, articulate, suberect, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall through summer on a terminal or lateral, flowering several times from the same inflorescence, the apical: erect, elongate, 2.6 to 4.4" [6.5 to 11 cm] long peduncle, the rachis 1.6 to 3.4" [4 to 8.5 cm] long, the lateral: peduncle, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, erect, straight, ancipitose, two-winged, the rachis flexuous, successively 5 to 25 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, ovate, conduplicate, oblique floral bracts and carrying resupinate, yellowish green flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Selbyana 9(1): 126 Ackerman & Montalvo 1986 drawing fide; Icones Orchidaceqaerum 12 Plate 1207 Hagsater & Sanchez 2009 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;