Epidendrum galeottianum A. Rich. & Galeotii 1845 GROUP Anceps SUBGROUP Anceps


Inflorescence Photos by © German Carnevali

Inflorescence Photo by © Asociación Guatemalteca de Orquideología

Nocturnal/bananasFragrancePartial shadeHot Cool Spring SummerFall

Common Name or Meaning Galeotti's Epidendrum [Belgian Botanist in southern Mexico 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in high tropical forests and cloud forests at elevations of 70 to 2100 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, ancipitose, straight stems carrying 4 to 10, distichous, throughout the stem, deep green to purple, coriaceous, evident dorsal keel, narrowly elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, obtuse to retuse, mucronate apically, conduplicate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on a terminal, racemose, elongate, ancipitous, 12" [30 cm] long, subcorymbose, 7 to 15 flowered inflorescence enveloped by 3 to 10 imbricating, tubular bracts and shorter than the ovary, triangular-ovate, acuminate floral bracts and producing new racemes over several years from the nodes of the peduncle, thus pluriracemose, and carries simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers that have a nocturnal scent of bananas

Often cited as a synonym of E anceps but differs in taller plants with longer purple leaves, sepals and petals are greenish brown, apex of the column and lip are purple

Synonyms Cattleya galeottiana (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Beer 1854; Epidendrum ensatum Rich & Gal. 1845; Epidendrum schenckianum Krzl. 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 469 Bennett & Christenson 1998 see comments; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 437 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1102 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1335 Hagsater 2010 drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide