Epidendrum ferrugineum Ruiz & Pav. 1798 Photo by Fernando Chan and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Petite Plaisance.


Common Name The Rust Red Epidendrum

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Trinidad, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1600 to 2100 meters as a small sized, cool t ocold growing epiphyte or litophtye where it often occurs in coffee plantations with shorter, reed-like stems with 1 to 3 nodes, carrying 2 to 3 basally clasping, narrowly elliptic leaves that blooms on a terminal, arching, 9" [22.5 cm] long, many successively flowered inflorescence arising from a 5" [12.5 cm] long, compressed, tubular spathe on a mature stem.

Synonyms Epidendrum carneum Lindl. 1846; Epidendrum naucrates Rchb.f. 1854; Epidendrum tricolor Rolfe 1893; Epidendrum trinitatis Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as E naucrates; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as E carneum; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum triniatus; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960 as Epidendrum triniatus; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok;