Epidendrum crassum C.Schweinf. 1952 Photo by Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Photo TYPE Drawing by Schweinfurth

Part Shade Cold

Common Name The Thick Epidendrum

Flower Size .75" [1.8 cm]

Found in Carabaya Peru on rocks and cliffs at elevations around 3100 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing lithophyte with a stout, decumbent at the base, leafy in the upper third stems entirely enveloped by loose, scarious, tubular sheaths carrying abover, distichous, oblong-ovate to shortly oblong, ascending, sub-acute, basally amplexicaul leaves that blooms on a terminal, suberect, much longer than the leaves, loosely paniculate, with a few , short, ascending, lateral branches, to 5.58" [13.7 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying small, loose flowers-


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959 drawing fide; Orquideas 9 [1] 1983 as Epidanthus crassus drawing/photo fide