Epidendrum brevivenium Lindl. 1853 GROUP Brevivenium Photo by Ron Parsons and his Picasa Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Short Veined Epidendrum [refers to the veins of the sepals and petals reaching only part way to the apex]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in northern Ecuador in upper montane forests at elevations around 2800 to 3400 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial on rock cliffs or walls with scandent, much branched stems carrying 5 to 7, narrowly elliptic, obtuse to rounded leaves that blooms in the fall through early winter on a terminal, on mature stems, spicate, 2.4" [6 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long peduncle, densely several flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by expanding, imbricate bracts.

Synonyms Epidendrum mosquerae F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899; Epidendrum rhacoglossum Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 84 Schlechter 1921 as E rhacoglossum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren-Atlas 57: 362 Schlechter 1929 as E rhacoglossum drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 464 Dodson 1989 drawing fide;