Epidendrum montigenum Ridl. ex Oliv. 1887 GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Stenophyton Photo by Christian Hu

Inflorescence Photo by G C K Dunsterville

Common Name The Montane Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela in open savannah-like tepui formations at elevations of 2400 to 2800 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing terretrial or lithophyte with erect, canelike stems that blooms on a short, pendulous to arcuate, racemose to paniculate inflorescence.

This species although most likely a synonym of E dendrobioides, has been used recently more because it is distinguished by the pink colored flowers. I do not have any other information so I leave them separate for now.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 70 Schlechter 1919; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003;