Epidendrum pergracile Schltr. 1921 GROUP Alpicolum SUBGROUP Pergracile Type for the subgroup

Photo by Franco Pupulin/ Collection sheet by Reinaldo Espinosa .

Part Shade cold Spring

Common Name The Thin Epidendrum

Flower Size

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 3100 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect thin stems that are purple when blooming, carrying all along the stem lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in nthe spring on a terminal, erect, arising through 3 imbricate spathes, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, 5 to 15 flowered inflorescence with as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying golden yellow flowers.

"Epidendrum pergracile is part of GROUP Alpicolum SUBGROUP Pergracile and the Type of the subgroup which is characterized by the subcaespitose habit, long spathaceous bract wlth parallel sides, lax-flowered, racemose inflorescence, membranaceous flowers, 3-lobed lip which is not fleshy-thickened. The species is distinguished by the lanceolate, acute leaves with an entire margin, and the lip tricallose and the midlobe triangular. It is similar to Epidendrum vidal-senegei which has a stout stem with wider, crenulate leaves, the bicallose lip and the midlobe narrowly rectangular." Adapted from E vidal-senegei Icones 3 Plate 396 Hagsater etal 1999

Synonyms Epidendrum gracillimum F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 139 Schlechter 1921; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 396 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 440 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1424 Hagsater & Santiago 2013 See recognition section;