Epidendrum fritzianum Hoehne 1952 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Fritzianum Photo by Gary Meyers and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning Fritz's Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia on the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations of 2800 to 3400 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect, straight, cane-like, few branched, subapically on the previous stem when mature, the branches themselves shortly branching, thin, straight stems carrying 24 to 30, all along the main stem, the branches, carrying 6 to 16, all along both, alternate, spreading, somewhat arched, subcoriaceous, ovate-elliptic, obtuse, sometimes somewhat revolute leaves that blooms at most any time of the year, on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, arching-nutant, 1.6 to 3.8" [4 to 9 cm] long including the .16" [4 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously 16 to 32 flowered inflorescence with prominent, generally as long as the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, long-acuminate, dorsally verrucose, green with purple dots floral bracts.

Synonyms Epidendrum aurorae Dodson & D.E.Benn. 1989; Epidendrum polyphyllum F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidaceaum 12 Plate 1245 Hagsater & Sanchez 2009 drawing fide

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