Epidendrum karstenii Rchb.f. 1876 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Arbuscula Photo by RoCol and his Flickr Photo Website

Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Common Name Karsten's Epidendrum [German Plant collector in Colombia and Venezuela 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cundinamarca, Boyaca and Magdalena Colombia at elevations around 2600 to 2900 meters as a small to large sized, cold growing epiphyte with many branching stems each arising from an intermediate node of the previous, simple, cane-like, terete stem enveloped by loose, tubular, striate, minutely verrucose leafless to leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 1 to 3, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, acute, subcoriaceous leaves that blooms in the winter and early spring on a terminal, nodding, racemose, 8 to 10 inflorescence that is 2 winged, the wings prolonged into the triangular, acuminate floral bracts that are as long as the ovaries and carry simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 248 Schlechter 1920 as E karsteniOrquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 949 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide/Photo good;