Epidendrum dendrobii Rchb.f. 1850 GROUP Dendrobii

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 ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Tercera Parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 333 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 as E pileatum drawing good

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