Epidendrum cartilaginiflorum Rchb.f. 1878 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae TYPE Drawing by Hagsater & Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Flexible Yet Firm and Tough Epidendrum [refers to the flowers aspect]

Flower Size .3" [7.5 mm]

Found in Peru in cloud forests to the east of Lake Titicaca at elevations around 3100 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with much branching, arising from a subapical node of the previous stem, erect, thin stem with the main being longer than the branches, and carrying numerous on the main stem, 2 to 3 on the branches, all along the stems, articulate, alternate,lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the later fall and earlier winter on a terminal, suberect, racemose, peduncle subsessile, very short overall, simultaneously 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, narrowly triangular, acute, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, ochre colored, cartilage-like flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 10: 69 Schlechter 1922; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1216 Hagsater, & Santiago and Jimenez 2009 drawing fide;