Epidendrum brachythyrsus Kraenzl. 1911 GROUP Pseudoepidendrum SUBGROUP Densiflorum

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo by D Scherberich/TYPE Drawing by Hagsater & Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Short Branched Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2 [3 cm]

Found in Espirito Santo, Rio de Janiero, Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Parana states of Brazil in the Atlantic rain forests as a large sized, warm growing orchid with cane-like, simple, terete, thin, erect, straight stems carrying to 10, alternate, spreading, articulate, subcoriceous, unequl in size, basally shorter, oblong-elliptic, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the mid fall through late spring on a terminal, erect, slightly paniculate, peduncle subsessile, enveloped by 2 to 3 prominent, widely triangular, acuminate, partly imbricate bracts, rachis [4.3 to 5 cm] long, thin, straight, laxly, simultaneously 8 to 13 flowered inflorescence with prominent, much shorter than the ovary, linear-lanceolate, long-acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, sweetly fragrant, green overall flowers with the apex of column and the disc of the lip are white.

Many references give this species as as synonym of E paniculatum BUT that is in error, the species are very different. In fact this species is closer to E densiflorum than E paniculatum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 14 plate 1412 Hagsater 2013 drawing fide;