Epidendrum cochlidium Lindl. 1840 GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Secundum Photo by Lourens Grobler

Full Sun CoolCold Spring Summer

Common Name The Shell-Like Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in open sphagnum swamps and dense forests at elevations of 1500 to 3000 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with stout, elongate stems enveloped completely by close, tubular sheaths that are scarious and leafless below and leafy above and carrying many, distichous, oval to elliptic-oblong, obtuse to rounded, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, erect to arching, much longer than the leaves, to 28" [70 cm] long, densely to subdensely many flowered, rarely branching inflorescence with inconspicuous, lanceolate-acuminate floral bracts

Synonyms Epidendrum pulcherrimum Klotzsch 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 68 Schlechter 1919; Orchids of Peru, Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 Drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;