Epidendrum erosum Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925 GROUP Andean 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

and Again

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.


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; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/Photo fide;