Epidendrum hemiscleria Rchb.f. 1862 GROUP Hemiscleria Photo by by Karl Senghas

Another Inflorescence Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Gerardus Staal

Plant and Flower Photos by Dr Leslie Garay Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

Common Name The Nodding Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in montane cloud forests as a giant sized, cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 2700 to 3300 meters with cane-like, suberect to arching to sub-pendant stems enveloped completely by numerous, distichous sheaths and carrying narrowly elliptic, acute apically, membraneous leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, slightly shortened, bright red, short, subcapitate, many flowered inflorescence with an umbel of several, simultaneously opening fleshy, orange colored flowers at the apex.

Synonyms Diothonea nutans (Lindl.) C. Schweinf. 1944; Hemiscleria nutans Lindl. 1853; Epidendrum rhopalorhachis Kraenzl. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959 as Diothonea nutans; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 471 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1338 Hagsater 2010 drawing fide