Epidendrum dermatanthum Kraenzl. 1905 GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Macrostachyum Photo by Lazaro Santa Cruz and The Plantas de Pulan Website

Cold LATEFall Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Thick Skin Epidendrum [refers to the thick fleshy floral segments of the flower]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru on the Amazon slope of the Cordillera Oriental in wet cloud forests on steep banks at elevations around 1900 to 3600 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect, cane-like, stout becoming slender above, branching profusely towards the apex, branches short, leafy throughout the apical 2/3's of the stems and carrying numerous, linear, acute apically, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late fall and spring on a few to several, terminal, occuring only once,on the short branches,racemose, to 4.4 to 5.6" [11 to 14 cm] long overall, rachis 4 to 5.2" [10 to 13 cm] long, helicoid shaped, successively to 15 to 17 flowered inflorescence with much longer than the ovary, acuminate, conduplicate floral bracts and carrying reddish brown, non-resupinate flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 920 Dodson 1984 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1519 Santiago & Hagsater 2015 photo/drawing fide