Epidendrum cuyujense Hágsater & Dodson 2001GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Cernuum TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and Hagsater and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Cuyuja Epidendrum [A village east of Quito Ecuador]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador on rocky slopes and roadside banks at elevations around 2700 to 2900 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect, cane-like, terete, slightly thickening towards the middle stems producing new stems from the upper nodes of the previous stem and carrying numerous, all along upper 1/4 of the stem, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, unequally bilobed, progressively larger above leaves that blooms in the later fall on a terminal, erect, from both the primary and secondary stems, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, nutant, racemose, 15 to 20 flowered inflorescence with a single basal bract and with narrowly triangular, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate, sweetly fragrant, white flowers with the sepals dotted with reddish brown on the exterior and the base of the column is green.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaum 4 Plate 430 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 drawing fide;