Epidendrum pleurobotrys Schltr. 1921 GROUP Pleuranthium SUBGROUP Dendrobii

Drawing by Schlechter

Common Name The Ribbed Spike Epidendrum

Flower Size less than .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Cajamarca departments of Peru on the Cordillera de Tabaconas at elevations around 2200 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with a cane-like, straight, simple to few branched, terete, leafy stem carrying spreading to sub-recurved, linear to linear-ligulate, acute, narrowing towards the base leaves that blooms in the fall on a lateral, from the leaf axils, sessile, shortly sub-corymbose, 6 to 8 flowered inflorescence with small, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying sulphur colored, glabrous flowers.


ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9: 92 Peru Schlechter 1921; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 57: 474 1929 Figuren Atlas drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003;