Epidendrum brevicaule Schltr. 1921 GROUP Megagastrium SUBGROUP Megagastrium

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Partial shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Short Stemmed Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Junin Peru at elevations of 2200 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] distant, erect stems carrying densely 5 to 6, erect-patent, oblong, obtuse, fleshy leaves that blooms in the later spring on a terminal, subsessile, arising through a compressed, obtuse spathe, single flowered inflorescence and carrying inverse, recurved, somewhat campanulate, fleshy, yellow brown flowers.

Similar to E megagastrium but E brevicaule differs in the smaller wide bellied flowers and the completely unadorned lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9: 80 Peru Schlechter 1921; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 30. Panama Schlechter 1922 = E schlechterianum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren -Atlas 57: 458 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as Nanodes brevicaule