Epidendrum bryophilum Hágsater & Dodson 2001 GROUP Elleanthoides SUBGROUP Guacamayense TYPE Drawing by © Hagsater & Dodson and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Moss Loving Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes in upper montane forests at elevations around 2300 to 2600 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with terete, branching near the apex, branches shorter than the main stems carrying many throughout the main stem and a few towards the apex on the branches, linear-lanceolate, acute, sinuous-dentate towards the apex, dorsally carinate leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring [most likely throughout the year] on a terminal, on mature stems, over a long period, arching-nutant, .4 to 1.6" [1 to 4 cm] long including the short, filiform peduncle, rachis spirally zigzag, successively single to 16 flowered inflorescence with shorter to much longer than the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupiante flowers.

This species was described from an herbarium specimen prepared by Lehman in the 1800's so the color and fragrance were not noted previously


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 423 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo good;