Epidendrum frechetteanum D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001 GROUP Kalopternix

Plant and Flowers Photo by Marni Turkel

Common Name Frechette's Epidendrum [American Master Horticulturist current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Peru in very cool, wet montane cloud forests always on the undersides of branches or on tree trunk sides at elevations around 1650 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a creeping, branching rhizome with congested, 2 internoded stems carrying 2, thickly coriaceous, dark green above, tinted faintly pale purplish below, elliptic, basally conduplicate, apiculate, rugose above leaves that blooms in the summer on a sessile, short, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising through a short spathe.

Similar to E sophronitis but differs in the branching habit, the dark green rugulose, elliptic leaves, the short bifoliate stems carrying 1 to 4 flowers, the acute [not acuminate] labellum and the broadly triangular [not retuse] anther apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 637 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum `4 Plate 1429 drawing fide; Miniature Orchids, A Compendium Parsons and Gerritson 2013 photo fide