Epidendrum echinatum Løjtnant 1977 GROUP Jataunsachanum

Plant and Flowers Photos by Alexi Tretyakov and The Species Identification Task Force Website

Partial shadeWarmWinter Spring SummerFall

Common Name or Meaning The Hedge Hog-Like Epidendrum [refers to the echinate petioles, ovaries and sepals]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador in wet montane cloud forests on rocky slopes at elevations of 600 to 950 meters as a small to giant sized, warm growing terrestrial with an erect, cane-like stem carrying several distichous, basally clasping, elliptic-lanceolate, acute leaves held in the upper half of the stem and blooming throughout the year on part of the leafless stem and all between the leaf axils on many, short, capitate inflorescence each carring 5 to 6 flowers held in a dense cluster.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bot Notiser 130 Lojtnant 1977 Drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 079 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing ok Dodson has a split midlobe to the lip otherwise ok; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 945 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1425 Hagsater 2013