Epidendrum compressibulbum D.E. Benn. & Christenson 1998 Photo by Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by D E Bennett & E A Christenson

Common Name The Compressed Pseudobulb Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/6" [4 mm]

Found in Huanuco Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clavate, upper half compressed, lower half semi-terete pseudobulbs enveloped basally by soon evanescent sheaths carrying 2 to 3, apical, oblong, obtuse, coriaceous, basally clasping leaves that blooms in nature in the fall on a apical, loose, many [70 to 100] flowered, 12" [30 cm] long, paniculate inflorescence arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb with up to 12 branches each carrying 10+, minute flowers per branch.

Here is a list of the Peruvian Epidendrum with true pseudobulbs, E blepharistes, E harmsianum, E micranthum, E microcattleya, E oellgaardii, E parvilabre, E polystachyum, E rupestre, E saxicola and E viviparum.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 455 Bennet and Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 plate 349 Hagsater, Sanchez and Garcia-cruz 1999 see recognition section