Epidendrum erosum Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925 GROUP Scabrum SUBGROUP Soratae

Front View Close up In situ Jardin Colombia 1/2016

Side View Close up Photos by © Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo by © Universidad de los Andes and the Chingaza Botanical Website

Inflorescence Photo by © Diego Calderon and his Colombia Birding Flickr Photo Website

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Common Name The Erose Epidendrum [refers to the irregular toothed margins of the petals]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Colombia and southern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2100 to 3500 meters as a medium to large and sometimes giant sized, cold growing epiphyte with a much branching towards the apex, cane-like, terete, thin, main stem longer, progressively shorter, branched stem carrying 11 on the main stem, branches 2 to 6, evenly distributed in the upper half, narrowly elliptic, acute, minutely dentate margins, dorsal keeled leaves that blooms in the winter and again in the late summer on a terminal, racemose, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, laxly 6 to 16 flowered, terete, thin inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening flowers.

Synonyms Epidendrum holmnielsenii Hágsater & Dodson 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 445 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 as E holmnielsenii drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 792 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 933 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide for 1st photo