Epidendrum elatum C.Schweinf. 1943 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Cernuum Photo by Eric Hagsater

Inflorescence Photo by Eric Hunt


Common Name The Tall Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in evergreen, wet montane forests and roadbanks at elevations around 2000 to 3200 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with a stout, cane-like stem enveloped completely by close tubular, leaf bearing sheaths that drop the leaf with time and carry numerous, distichous, elliptic, oblong-elliptic or elliptic lanceolate, obtuse to rounded leaves that are basally clasping to the stem and blooms at most any time of the year in situ on a terminal, racemose, arching to nodding, 5" [12.5 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence carrying fleshy, green flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids Of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1240 Hagsater 2009 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide