Epidendrum pittieri Ames 1922 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Fritzianum Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name Pittier's Epidendrum [Swiss Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Colombia at elevations of 2600 to 4000 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with canelike, laterally compressed, erect, straight, thin, short branched above stems carrying 8 to 30, all along the stems, alternate, articulate, distichous, coriaceous, ovate to ovate-oblong, acute to short acuminate leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, arching-nutant, peduncle, short, terete, thin, lax, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, simultaneously 7 to 14 flowered inflorescence with prominent, sometimes longer than the ovary, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, greenish white to yellowish flowers with the dorsal surface somewhat tinged with purple.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Vol 15 tercera parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Second Edition Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachiarta Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1275 Hagsater & Sanchez drawing good; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo/drawing fide;