Epidendrum cauliflorum Lindl.1838 GROUP Bambusiforme

Photo by Maria Rita Cabral courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Part shadeWarm

Common Name The Stem Flowering Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southeastern Brazil as a medium to giant sized, warm growing that blooms from nodes [much like Dendrobium] laterally on the bare stem and not terminally.

"Epidendrum cauliflorum is part of GROUP Bambusiforme characterized by the caespitose habit, tall, bamboo-like canes with numerous long, acuminate leaves, and the numerous lateral, racemose inflorescence. The species is recognized by the long, narrow leaves, subsessile lateral inflorescence, the 3-lobed lip, smaller flowers with the sepals .36" [9 mm] long, and an apically truncate midlobe. E. cancanae also has long, narrow leaves, subsessile lateral inflorescence, the 3-lobed lip, with an erose margin, and a long, arching column, the flowers white, with the column, sepals and petals slightly tinged greenish pink. Epidendrum infaustum RchB.f. also has somewhat smaller flowers, sepals about .4" [10 mm] long, and the midlobe of the lip entire, acute. Epidendrum bambusiforme Kraenzlin has taller plants, larger leaves, 10 to 14 flowers, greenish-ochre with a white lip, a shorter, straight column, the sepals are .52" [13 mm] long." Adapted from E cancanae Icones Plate 916 Hagsater etal 2007

Synonyms Epidendrum neocauliflorum A.D.Hawkes 1957

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 1 1974 as E neo cauliflorum photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as E neocauliflorum drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasiliense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as E neocauliflorum drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 916 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section;

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