Epidendrum elephantotis Hágsater & L.Sánchez 2009 GROUP Mancum SUBGROUP Mancum TYPE Drawing by © M Lopez R. and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Elephant Ear Epidendrum [refers to the shape of the lateral lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Colombia at elevations of 2300 to 2700 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, apical 2/3's laterally compressed stems enveloped basally by 1 to 2, partly imbricating, tubular, conduplicate, papery sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, all along the alical 1/3rd of the stem, coriaceous, ovate-elliptic, unequally bilobed, mucronate, margin entire leaves taht blooms in the late spring on a terminal, racemose, peduncle laterally compressed, rachis somewhat laterally compressed, smooth, cylindrical, elongate, lax, simultaneously 13 to 27 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, apically much shorter, triangular, acuminate, acute floral bracts carrying non-resupinate flowers without color or fragrance data.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1241 Hagsater & Sanchez 2009 drawing fide