Epidendrum durum Lindl. 1841 GROUP Aquaticum Drawing by Foldats

Common Name The Hard Epidendrum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the West Indies, Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil on sandstone outcrops or in boggy situations at elevations of 1350 to 2600 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte with ascending, erect to slightly arching, simple to branching, basally terete, somewhat compressed above, leafy in the apical half stems carrying rigid, fleshy, distichous, erect to erect spreading, lineaer-oblong, oblong lanceolate, lanceolate, lanceolate ovate to ovate, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, arching to rarely pendent, paniculate to rarely racemose, 1.2 to 6.8" [3 to 17 cm] long, few to many flowered inflorescence with fleshy, spreading, very concave, cucullate, ovate, obtuse to acute, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying coriaceous-fleshy, yellow to greenish yellow to green flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Venezuela Vol 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003;