Epidendrum elegantissimum F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.1899 GROUP MancumPhoto by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

FragrantPartial sunColdFall

Common Name or Meaning The Elegant Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte often found in association with ant nests or on rocks as a lithophyte and has a creeping rhizome giving rise to canelike, swollen stems carrying 5 to 7, distichous, elliptical leaves in the upper portion and blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, branched, to 10" [to 25 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by 2 to 3, imbricate spathes arising on a mature cane and has simultaneously opening, non-resupinate, fetid smelling flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 921 Dodson 1984 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 467 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1122 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1213 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Photo fide;