Epidendrum peraltum Schltr. 1920 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Porphyreum Photo courtesy of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page


Common Name

Flower Size 1" 2.5 cm

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia? in the lower reaches of wet cloud forests as a large, caespitose, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial at elevations of 1850 to 3100 with a reed-like stem enveloped by tubular, scarious, acuminate sheaths and carrying several, oblong to oblong-elliptic, ascending, thin-textured, acute and recurved apically, basally clasping leaves that blooms on a terminal, 4 3/4" [12 cm] long, branched inflorescence arising on a mature stem and with each branch having 5 to 6 flowers where it blooms in nature in the rainy season which is late winter and early spring.

Synonyms Epidendrum altissimum F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 250 Schlechter 1920; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 249 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 as E altissimum photo fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995 as E altissimum; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate supplemental Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 348 Hagsater 1999 see recognition Section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 410 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 plate 416 Hagsater & Salazar 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 plate 463 Hagsater & Salazar 2001 see recognition section; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1328 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1339 Hagsater 2010 see recogntion section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 13 Plate 1369 Hagsater 2010 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 photo drawing fide