Epidendrum whittenii Hágsater & Dodson 1999 GROUP Cuchibambae Photo by © Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.


Common Name Whitten's Epidendrum [University of Florida Botany Professor Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1 1/8" [2.75 cm]

Found in the eastern foothills of the Andes of Ecuador and Peru in the tops of tall trees at elevations of 700 to 1400 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, horizontal, laterally compressed stems enveloped completely by imbricating leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying numerous, ovate-lanceolate, succulent-like, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter through summer on a terminal, sessile, to 4 flowered inflorescence with 3, conduplicate, imbricating, ovate, acute bracts carrying successively single, nocturnally, sweetly scented flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 The Genus Epidendrum Part 2 Plate 392 Hagsater 1999 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 490 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 653 Bennett & Christenson 2001