Epidendrum cylindrostachys Rchb. f. & Warsz. 1854 GROUP Mancum SUBGROUP Cylindraceum

Inflorescence Photos by Lourens Grobler

Part sun Cool Cold Winter

Common Name The Cylindric Inflorescence Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations of 1800 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a simple, cane-like, terete below, laterally compressed in the apical third, flexuous stem enveloped basally by 2 partially imbricating, laterally compressed, tubular, acute, papiraceous sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, distributed throughout the apical third, coriaceous, linear-ligulate, obtuse and apiculate apically, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter on an apical, racemose, laterally compressed, 20 to 100 flowered inflroescence with simultaneously opening flowers.

This species is often cited as including E trifidum as a synonym, I at this time keep them apart peding further references

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 246 Schlechter 1920; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 431 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 769 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 see Recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1235 Hagsater 2009 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1252 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1271 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide