Epidendrum excelsum C.Schweinf. 1970 GROUP Rupestre TYPE Drawing by M Lopez R and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Lofty Epidendrum [refers to the high elevation that this species grows at]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Peru on the cordillera occidental and Oriental at elevations of 3100 to 3750 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with thickened, forming a homoblastic pseudobulb, terete, fusiform, green, minutely rugose stem carrying 1 to 2, apical, narrowly oblong to linear-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, grass-like, margin entire leaves taht blooms in the fall on a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, erect, peduncle 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, terete, with a singlem bract below the rachis, rachis to [17 cm] long, loosely, simultaneously 10 to 16 flowered inflorescence with abut as long as the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, embracing floral bracts and carrying resupinate, yellow to grayish yellow flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1525 Hagsater 2015 drawing fide