Epidendrum odontospathum Rchb.f. 1878 GROUP Excisum SUBGROUP Friderici-guilielmi Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Partial shadeCold Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Toothed Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia in seasonally dry forests at elevations of 2700 to 3150 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with compressed, ancipitous, erect stems enveloped completely by several basal, leafless sheaths and distally leaf bearing sheaths and carrying several, oblong-elliptic, acuminate, carinate mid-vein leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a terminal, few flowered, racemose, 5 to 6" [12 to 15 cm] long inflorescence arising through a conduplicate, spathe with 2 imbricating tubular bracts and small triangular floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1958; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 478 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 247 Christenson 1995 drawing close but drawing has erose lip margins; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004