Epidendrum densiflorum Hooker 1840 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Densiflorum Photo by E Schnurr

Inflorescence Photo by Lourens Grobler

Partial shadeWarmCold Fall

Common Name The Densely Flowered Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, Surinam and Brazil in rainforests at elevations of 500 meters to 2450 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with erect, cane-like stems enveloped completely by leafless in the lower half and leaf-bearing in the upper half each carrying distichous, elliptic, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, paniculate, 12" [30 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with large bracts at the branch bases

The plant above in the photo is a segregate from the Epidendrum panaliculatum group and differs by it's large panicle, concave lip blade, small acute apical lobes and the 4 parellel lamellae of the callus extending down the mid-line to the apex of the lip.

Synonyms Epidendrum polyanthum var. densiflorum (Hook.) Lindl. 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 not = D densiflorum drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; Bot Notiser 130 Lojtnant 1977; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarun Tropicarum Plate 376 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 382 Hagsater, Sanchez & Garcia-Cruz 1999 see recognition section; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005; Boletim CAOB No 72 2008 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo good; Orchids of French Guiana Szlachetko, Veyret, etal 2012 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1423 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 drawing/photo fide; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 Drawing/photo fide