Epidendrum scytocladium Schltr. 1920 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Vernixium

Side view of Flower Photos by Jay Pfahl in situ above Medellin 5/2014

Common Name The Sickle Shaped Column Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 2200 to 2700 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect, cane-like, terete towards the base, laterally compressed above, main stem much longer than the branches, leafy stems carrying 13 on the main stem, 4 to 5 on the branches, erect-spreading, articulate, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, coriaceous, margin crenulate leaves that blooms in the winter through later spring on a terminal, occuring only once, erect, peduncle very short, laterally compressed, racemose, to 3.2" [to 8 cm] long, laxly, successively several, 15 to 20 flowered inflorescence arising through an oblong spathe with much shorter than the ovary, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying slightly fleshy, non-resupinate flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 149 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 251 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren-Atlas 57: 202 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1292 Hagsater & Sanchez 2009 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide;