Epidendrum forcipatum C.Schweinf. 1970 GROUP Anceps SUBGROUP Polyanthum Drawing by Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Fork-like Epidendrum [probably refers to the mid lobe of the lip which is 2 pronged and curved]

Flower Size .7" [1.75 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador and Huanuco Peru on the Amazon slope of the Andes at elevations around 1500 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, ancipitous, erect stems carrying all along the apical 1/2, suberect, elliptic, acute, coriaceous, dorsally carinate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, pluri-racemose, flowering repeatedly over several years and producing new racemse from the apical internodes, peduncel thin, elongate, ancipitous, enveloped completely by tubular, acute bracts, rachis terete, smooth, simultaneously 10 to 30 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, , triangular, acuminate, floral bracts and carrying resupinate, ochre yellow, non fragrant flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1243 Hagsater 2009 Hagsater drawing fide