Epidendrum physopus Kraenzl. 1905 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae

Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Bladder Footed Epidendrum [refers to the somewhat inflated base of the column]

Flower Size .6 [1.5 cm]

Found in Colombia on the Cordillera Oriental and in southern Peru at elevations of 2500 to 3700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with cane-like, branching subapically, laterally compressed, flexuous, branches shorter than the main stems carrying 9 to 12, all along the stem, suberect, articulate, coriaceous, linear to linear-lanceolate, minutely apiculate, apical margins crenate leaves that blooms in the summer through early winter on a terminal, racemose, arching-nutant, peduncle thin, short, lax, successively 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence with half as long as the ovary, oblong, acute floral bracts and carrying small, glabrous, greeen or yellow green flowers that are somewhat tinged with purple.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1273 Hagsater & Santiago 2009 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;