Epidendrum suavis (Rchb. f. & Warsz.) Løjtnant 1977 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea Photo by © Eric Hagsater

Another Flower? Photo by © Patricia Harding


Common Name or Meaning The Soft Epidendrum [possibly refers to the thin textured flowers]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in central Ecuador to northern Peru on the western slopes in scrubland and paramo as well as road embankments at elevations of 1650 to 3500 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing orchid with cane-like, terete to laterally compressed, thin stems branching towards the apex and carrying 8 to 15 flowers on the main stem and 4 to 8 on the branches that blooms in the later summer through mid fall on a terminal, arching-nutant inflorescence with triangular, acute floral bracts that are shorter than the ovary and carrying simultaneously opening, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms *Diothonea suavis Rchb. f. & Warsz. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Diothonaea suavis; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959 as Diothonea suavis; Bot Notiser 130 Lojtnant 1977 Drawing hmm; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 405 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 733 Hagsater 2004; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 835 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 890 Hagsater 2006 drawing ok