Epidendrum dendrobii Rchb.f. 1850 GROUP Pleuranthium SUBGROUP Dendrobii Photo © by Gary Yong Geeand The Yongee Name Orchid Website

Drawing Drawing © by Dunsterville & Garay

What has been known as E piletaum Drawing © by Bennett & Christenson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Cool Cold LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Dendrobium-Like Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia on steep banks in cloud forests at elevations around 1750 to 2600 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with slender, erect, stout, terete, leafy throughout stems carrying numerous, distichous, distributed all along the stem, lanceolate, acute apically leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a few to several, lateral and some distance below the apex, rather dense, short, to .6" [1.5 cm] long, racemose, to 6 to 8 flowered inflorescence concealed basally by a number of soft, imbricating sheaths.

E pileatum has been separated by its location, larger flowers with a truncate lip and revolute margins of the floral segments but I have kept them together for now, pending more information.

Synonyms Epidendrum pileatum Rchb.f. 1855

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 69 1919; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 71 Schlechter 1919 as E pileatum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 250 Schlechter 1920 as E pileatum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Tercera Parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, an Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 333 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 as E pileatum drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 14 plate 1422 Hagsater E.Santiago & O.Pérez 2013 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Drawing/Photo Good; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo good;