Epidendrum schomburgkii Lindley 1838 GROUP Schistochilum Photo Jay Pfahl

Flower closeup Photo courtesy of David Morris

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Common Name Schomburgk's Epidendrum [German Brothers Explored Guyana 1800's]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

Found in Trinidad & Tobago, French Guiana, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil as a medium to large sized reed stem, hot to cool growing terrestrial species at elevations of 200 to 2000 meters with 4 ft, canelike stems often with purple spotted sheaths, carrying alternate, 2 ranked, oblong, obtuse, fleshy-coriaceous, rigid, spreading horizontally leaves that blooms on a terminal, short, many flowered umbelliform inflorescence with longlasting, successsive opening flowers arising from the tip of the mature cane.

Bright light and regular watering while growing and less in the winter before flowering November - - January. This species is often found in conjunction with ants and may benefit from their presence. This species is easy to grow in wood slat baskets filled with fen rock and OFE Special #2 and with long 4 wire hooks to support the elongate canes.

Epidendrum macrocarpum is most likely the correct name here, but I will leave it as such as it historically has been this species name.

Synonyms Epidendrum ibaguense H.B.K. var schomburgkii [Lindl.] C. Schweinf. 1944; Epidendrum incisum Velloso 1854; Epidendrum macrocarpum Rich. 1792; Epidendrum splendens Schlechter 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as E brevicaule; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as E splendens; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum ibaguense var schomburgkia; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960 as E ibaguense var schomburkii; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as E ibaguense var schomburkii drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as E ibaguense var schomburkii drawing fide; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0335 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 as Epidendrum incisum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 4 1994 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 as Epidendrum incisum photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata - E macrocarpum = E schomburgkii; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as E macrocarpum drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as E macrocarpum; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as E splendens; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 as E incisum; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 701 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section as E macrocarpum; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide as E macrocarpum; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo maybe; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 as E macrocarpum photo fide;

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