Epidendrum leeanum (Rchb.f.) Hágsater 2008 GROUP Psilanthemum Photo by Lloyd Gross and his Flickr photo website


Common Name Lee's Epidendrum [Orchid Grower in England 1800's]

Flower Size to 1/2" [to 1.25 cm]

Found in Colombia in the llanos orientales and the foothills of the cordillera oriental and in Venezuela in the cordillera Costanera at elevations of 100 to 400 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot growing epiphyte with fusiform,, homoblastic pseudobulbs enveloped basally by tubular, striate, scarious sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, aggregate towards the apex, alternate, articulate, erect-spreading, oblong to lanceolate, subacute, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the fall through mid spring on a abortive pseudobulb so as to appear basal from the rhizome, racemose to paniculate, compact, slightly arching, terete, thin, 13 to 20 flowered inflorescence with 4 to 6 tubular bracts and triangular, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts. and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate, fragrant flowers.

Differs from E stamfordianum in the shorter plant with proportionately thicker pseudobulbs, smaller, greenish yellow with lilac-rose spots and a lip and column that is white tinged with pink and red dots.

Synonyms *Epidendrum stamfordianum var. leeanum Rchb.f. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1137 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Photo fide;