Epidendrum birostratum C.Schweinf. 1943 GROUP Coronatum SUBGROUP Aristisepalum

Drawing Photo/Drawing by Collantes and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Two Beaked Epidendrum [refers to the lateral sepals which are parallel to the lip giving the appearance of being 2 beaked]

Flower Size .8 [2 cm]

Found in Cusco Peru and Bolivia in elfin cloud forests at elevations of 3000 to 3650 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with simple, canelike stems enveloped in the lower half by nonfoliaceous tubular sheaths and carrying 7 to 12, distichous, suberect, subcoriaceous, articulate, oblong-elliptic, subacute, mucronate, irregularily crenulate margined leaveds taht blooms in the late fall through winter on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, arching nutant, 5.8" [14.5 cm] long, dense, successively to 14 flowered inflorescence with basal, lunate, short, apex mamillate, the upper ones transversely sub deltate, caudate floral bracts and carrying successive flowers that open from the base up and eventually all are open at one time.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [2] plate 1504 Hagsater & Collantes 2015 drawing fide;