Epidendrum musciferum Lindley 1834 GROUP Anceps SUBGROUP Anceps Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Partial shadeHotCool

Common Name or Meaning The Fly Carrying Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, Fr Guiana, Brazil, Ecuador Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 70 to 1200 meters as a small to large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, ancipitous, straight stems carrying 4 to 10, distichous, all along the upper 2/3's of the stem, rarely tinged purple, elliptic, obtuse to retuse apically, mucronate, coriaceous, becoming conduplicate towards the base leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, racemose to pluriracemose, subcorymbose, dense, elongate, ancipitous, 5" [12.5 cm] long, 7 to 25 flowered inflorescence with 3 to 12, imbricate, tubular, laterally compressed, oblong acute to obtuse bracts and much shorter than the ovary, amplexicaul, triangular-ovate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, non-resupinate flowers that can produce new racemes from the same inflorescence over several years and thus appearing paniculate inflorescence.

Often cited as a synonym of E anceps but differs in the shorter narrower leaves, smaller flowers, cinnamon brown to yellow flowers sometimes tinged with purple and the column greenish with the apical half often white.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 846 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1102 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1147 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1335 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Darien Gap Kolanowska 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 as E macrostachyum drawing/photo fide;