Epidendrum escobarianum Garay 1967 GROUP Megalospathum Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower View Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name Escobar's Epidendrum [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southern Colombia in premontane and montane forests at elevations of 600 to 1700 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, pendant epiphyte with pendent, arising from near the base of the previous stem, laterally compressed stems enveloped completely by evanescent, imbricating, foliaceous sheaths carrying, articulate, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acute to subacuminate, grayish green, transversely barred with purple leaves, blooming in the spring, summer and fall on a short, simultaneously, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and carrying fleshy flowers.

E stanhopeanum, E obliquifolium, E escobarianum and E tigrifolium all have the greyish green leaves with the transverse marroon bars which is uncommon within Epidendrum

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 370 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 in recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 387 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 474 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 in recognition section; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2008 photo fide;Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing fide; Orchids of Tropical America Meisel 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 3 2017 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/Photo fide;