Epidendrum tortipetalum Scheeren 1976 Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

Common Name The Twisted Petal Epidendrum

Flower Size 3/4" wide [2 cm] but the petals continue to elongate as the flower matures and can reach 1 3/4" to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found only in Mexico in pine oak forests. Often confused with the very similar E longipetalum [the photo has this name as it was misidentified previously] yet differ in having the lip is longer than wide and it is wider above the middle, as a cool to cold growing epiphyte that blooms at any time of the year

CAUTION I am not sure of this determination so please use with caution!!!!!!

Synonyms Epidendrum longipetalum var. tortipetalum (Scheeren) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 34 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 see recognition section; Miniature Orchids, A Compendium Parsons and Gerritson 2013 photo ish; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo ish

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