Epidendrum spathatum Schltr. 1917 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum Photo by Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.


Common Name The Spathed Epidendrum [refers to the bracts on the inflorescence but they are not true spathes]

Found in Ecuador on rocks and roadbanks at elevations of 1600 to 3200 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte with simple, laterally compressed, decumbent stems carrying 9 to 27, all along the stem, elliptic, shortly acuminate, margin entire, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, paniculate, occuring only once, 4 to 12.4" [10 to 31 cm] long, laterally compressed, many flowered inflorescence enveloped by 2 to 4, tubular, conduplicate, ancipitose, acuminate bracts and shorter than the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, longly acuminate floral bracts and carrying 50 to 140 simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers.

Cited by some as a synonym of Epidendrum porphyreum but they differ in the callus on the lip.

Synonyms Epidendrum embreei Dodson 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 426 Dodson 1982 as E embreei drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 4 plate 416 Hagsater & Salazar 2001 as E embreei see recognition; Icones Orchidacearum 4 plate 463 Hagsater & Salazar 2001 as E embreei see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1293 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1388 drawing fide; Orchids of Tropical America Meisel 2014 photo fide as E embrei; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 photo drawing fide/photo ok; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide;