Epidendrum modestissimum F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Anthropophorum Photo by Diego Calderon and his Flickr Birding and Orchid Photo Website

Full shade Cold LATERsummer EARLIERFall

Common Name The Most Modest Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in the cordillera central of Antioquia and the cordillera oriental of Cundinamarca Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 2600 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching near the apex, canelike, terete, thin, short branched stems carrying 2 on the branches, usually one persistent, subcoriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, truncate and unequally bilobed apically, entire margin, smooth leaves that blooms in the later spring through earlier fall on a terminal, erect, racemose, arching-nutant, occuring only once, short, terete, thin, .4" [1 cm] long, simultaneously 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, white flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 249 Schlechter 1920; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 855 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 drawing good; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide;