Epidendrum capricornu Kraenzl. 1916 GROUP Pseudoepidendrum SUBGROUP Porphyreum Photo by Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Flower Closeup Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup

Flower Closeup Side View Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Goat-Horned Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1700 to 2750 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete towards the base, laterally compressed towards the apex, erect, straight stems enveloped in the basal 1/3, by tubular, nonfoliaceous, scarious sheaths carrying to 11, along the upper 2/3 of the stem, distichous, erect to sub spreading, unequal in size, oblong-elliptic, acute, grass-like, entire margin, articulate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms on a erect, lax, thin, laterally compressed, ancipitose, many [70] flowered paniculate inflorescence with 8 subspreading, few flowered racemose branches each with a basal, narrowly triangular, acuminate bract, and a shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bract and carrying non-fragrant, simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers occuring at most any time of the year.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Orchids of Peru, Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 no 1 1995 photo;; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1309 Hagsater & Sanchez 2010 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1332 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 13 Plate 1369 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section