Epidendrum imitans Schltr. 1921 GROUP Spathiger SUBGROUP Coriifolium TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Part Shade Cold Spring Summer

Common Name The Imitating Epidendrum [refers to its similarity to E coriifolium]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in French Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2200 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, somewhat compressed stems carrying 2 to 3, apical, erect-spreading, ligulate, obtuse, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, erect, distichous, as long to slightly longer than the leaf, peduncle short, with 3 compressed, obtuse, spathe like bracts that almost are equal in length as the flowers, 10 to 15 flowered inflorescence carrying fleshy, coriaceous, rigid, glabrous, brownish flowers

E imitans differs from the often stated synomonous E coriifolium by having closely imbricating floral bracts with rounded apices, several simultaneously opening flowers with linear petals and a subtriangular lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 74 Ecuador Schlechter 1921; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Altlas Figuren 57: 345 Schlechter 1929 Drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as E coriifolium; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 3 Foldats 1970 as E coriifolium drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 398 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 not = E amazonicoriifolium; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 409 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section;