Epidendrum oraion Hágsater 1993 GROUP Cristatum SUBGROUP Cnemidophorum


Plant and Inflorescence


Side View Photos by © Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Beautiful Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found only in western Colombia at elevations around 1600 meters as a large to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with erect, simple, reed-like, terete stems enveloped completely by leaf bearing sheaths and carrying all along the stem, narrowly elliptic, subacute, entire, smooth leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, arising on a mature stem, occuring ,more than once over the years, racemose, arcuate, 8.8 to 16" [22 to 45 cm] long, successively few, several to many [12 to 24] flowered inflorescence carrying resupinate, fleshy flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 Escobar 1991 pg 197 fig A197 Type plant photo fide; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 166 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata = E oraion; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005 as e cf oraion; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 as E macrostachyum drawing/photo fide;