Epidendrum melanoporphyreum Hágsater 1993 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by John & Martha Larimer

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

Inflorescence

EARLY

Common Name The Black-Purple Epidendrum

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.2 cm]

Found in Peru as a small to medium sized cool growing, caespitose epiphyte in wet montane forests high in the canopy at elevations around 1300 meters with slender, erect stems enveloped by close, tubular, articulated, foliaceous sheaths with oblong, to narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, thin, deciduous, light green, conduplicate, clasping at the base leaves that blooms in nature in the winter and early spring on a terminal, racemose or paniculate, 5" [12.5 cm] long, loosely flowered, purple inflorescence with 2 to 3 basal bracts and triangular, long-acuminate floral bracts and carries a few large [in comparison to the plant], distinctly colored flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 156 Hagsater 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 466 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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