Epidendrum ophidion Dodson & R.Vásquez 1989 GROUP Bicirrhatum Photo by © Walter Teague


Common Name The Snake-Like Epidendrum [refers to the similarity of the apical lobes of the lip to the fangs of a viper]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Bolivia in montane cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 1800 meters as a medium szied, cool growing terrestrial with terete, erect, cane-like stems enveloped by triangular sheaths and carrying distichous, narrowly elliptical, attenuate apically, suberect, clear green leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an apical, terminal, 2.4" [6 cm] long, sub-capitate, densely many flowered inflorescence with a tubular, adpressed bract and narrowly triangular floral bracts that are as long as the ovary and carrying non-resupinate flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0331 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide;