Epidendrum pachychilum Kraenzl. 1905 GROUP Pachychilum Photo By Al Toth

Partshade Cold LATEFall to MID Spring

Common Name The Thick Lipped Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in wet montane cloud forests in deep sphagnum moss at elevations of 2150 to 3500 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with erect, cane-like, sparsely branching, ascending, terete, thin, leafy towards the apex stems carrying 4 to 8, erect, subparallel to the stem ovate-lanceolate, acute, medium green with purple, serrate towards the apex margins, subcoriaceous leaves with striate, rugulose, red-purple sheaths that blooms in the late fall through mid spring on an erect, peduncle to .6" [1.5 cm] long, longer than the leaf, 2" [5 cm] long overall, densely, simultaneously, 7 to 8 flowered inflorescence subtended by a lanceolate, acute bract and lanceolate, acute, concave, half the length of the ovary floral bract and carrying non-resupinate, fleshy, rigid flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo not; Icones Orchidaceraum Peruviarum Plate 645 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] 1549 Hagsater & Santiago 2015 drawing fide