Epidendrum patens Sw. 1806 GROUP Mutelianum Photo by Joel Papy and his Flickr Photo Website

Plant and Flowers Photo by Schlechter


Common Name The Wide Open Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in the Leeward and the Windward Islands in wet montane forests at elevations around 1100 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with erect to ascending, rather slender, terete, ancipitous stem carrying a few distichous, towards the apex, rigid, coriaceous, ovate to elliptic to ovate-elliptic, rarely oblong-elliptic, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a terminal, paniculate, distinctly long-pedunculate, very rarely abbreviated racemose, ancipitous, many flowered inflorescence with a few remote bracts and acuminate floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Exophya fuscata Raf. 1837

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo ok; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Vol 15 tercera parte Foldats 1970; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasiliense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;