Epidendrum friderici-guilielmi [Lindley] Rchb.f & Warsc. 1854 GROUP Excisum SUBGROUP Friderici-guilielmii type Photo by Erica Moron de Abad and Her Biorquidtropic Peru Lab Web Page

Another Flower? Photo by Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

Common Name Kaiser Fredrich Wilheim II Epidendrum [German Leader 1800's]

Flower Size to almost 4" [10 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia as a large sized, caespitose, cold growing epiphyte and lithophyte, found in cloud forest, at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters with erect, cane-like, clumped stems enveloped basally by scarious, tubular bracts carrying 4 to 5, towards the apex, graduating in size, oblong-lanceolate, basally conduplicate, acute, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect to pendant, to 10" [25 cm] long, densely several to many flowered raceme with showy flowers arising on a mature cane, subtended by a spathe and minute inconspicuous floral bracts.

Synonyms Epidendrum huacapistanae Kraenzl. 1905; *Spathium friederici-guilelmi Lindley ?

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 10: 70 Schlechter 1922; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 12 1980 photo; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 242 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 485 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 see recognition section; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004