Epidendrum melanoxeros Hágsater & Dodson 1999 GROUP Alpicolum SUBGROUP Klotzscheanum TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Black Dried Epidendrum [refers to the black drying leaves of herbarium specimens that easily separates this species from theat ]

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in central Colombia to central Ecuador at elevations of 2950 to 3200 meters as large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with cane-like, erect, laterally compressed stems carrying numerous, equidistant, most likely only in the apical half of the stem, narrowly elliptic, rounded, margin erose-fleshy leaves that blooms in the later spring through fall on a terminal, arising through 1 to 2, narrow, obtuse, condulicate spathe envelopeing all of the peduncle, on a mature stem, flowering only once, racemose, arcuate-nutant, peduncle 1.6 to 3.2” [4 to 8 cm] long, simultaneously about 20 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, linear-lanceolate, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, yellow-green flowers thata turn black in herbarium specimens.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 354 Hagsater & Dodson 1999 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;