Epidendrum gracillimum Rchb.f. & Warsz. 1854 GROUP Epidendropsis SUBGROUP Gracillimum

Collection sheet Photos by Rebecca Repasky and the Botanical Research Institue of Texas and their Atrium Website

Drawing Drawing by Bennett & Christenson

Common Name The Very Graceful Epidendrum

Flower Size .25" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in scrubby montane forests on low tree branches at elevations of 1700 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender stem enveloped by several distichous, imbricating, leaf bearing sheaths and carrying linear, acute, articulated, clear green leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, scapose, slender, arching, paniculate, each branch 4 to 5 flowered, 5" [12.5 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with 3 to 5 approximate, conduplicate, long acuminate bracts and very small floral bracts.

Synonyms Epidendrum schlimii var. gracillimum (Rchb.f. & Warsz.) C.Schweinf 1953

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as E schilimii var gracillimum; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 221 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 048 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 823 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 in recognition section;