Epidendrum fruticosum Pav. ex Lindl. 1831 GROUP Fruticosum

Inflorescence Photo by Moises Behar courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista and their Orchidstudium Website

Partial shadeCool FallWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Bushy Epidendrum [refers to the branching, bush-like habit]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua at elevations of 1000 to 1900 meters as a small to giant sized, cool growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, terete, thin, straight, ascending, getting smaller towards the apical branches stems enveloped by tubular, scarious, becoming fibrous with time sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, towards the apex of the stem, suberect, articulate, distichous, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic to narrowly lanceolate, acute to subobtuse, spreading leaves that blooms in the fall to winter on a terminal, racemose, arching-nutant, thin, short, densely few [3 to 9] flowered, slightly zigzag inflorescence with 1 to 2, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul bracts and prominent, longer than the ovary, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaule floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, non-fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Epidendrum fastigiatum Ruiz & Pav. ex Rchb.f. 1856; Epidendrum lucidum Schltr. 1918; Epidendrum viejoi Rchb.f. 1855

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia 3: 220. Rchb.f 1855 as E viejii; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as E viejii drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as E viejii drawing/photo fide; Orquídea (Mexico City). 7(4): 1980 as E lucidum; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as E viejiidrawing fide; Icones Tropicarum Planetarum Plate 743 Hamer 1982 as E viejii drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 712 Dodson 1982 as E viejii see notes; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as E viejii drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1126 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide;