Epidendrum pichinchae Schltr.1921 GROUP Cernuum SUBGROUP Sumacoense Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Partial shadeCold Summer Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Pichincha Epidendrum [A Province of Ecuador]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Ecuador on steep embankments at elevations of 1700 to 3500 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect, cane-like, terete, branching in maturity stems enveloped in the basal 2/3's by tubular, non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying 12 to 15 all along the upper 1/3 of the main stem, 4 to 8 on the branches, small, erect-spreading, distichous, articulate, coriaceous, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, apically slightly bilobed, apical margin crenate leaves that blooms in the summer through winter on a terminal, occuring only once, racemopse, arching-nutant, peduncle, terete, thin, provided a the base with a lanceolate, acuminate bract, 2 to 4.8" [5 to 12 cm] long, dense, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising without a basal sheath and has variable in size, shorter to nearly as long as the ovary, linear-lanceolate, long-acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 480 Dodson 1989 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1274 Hagsater & Sanchez 2009 drawing ok

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