Epidendrum polystachyum Kunth 1816GROUP Bleparistes Drawing by Bennett & Christenson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Plant in situ Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Rich Blooming Epidendrum

Flower Size 3/4" [1.85 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in seasonally dry montane forests in ants nests at elevations of 1300 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial with fusiform, long-tapered, sulcate, obtuse angled pseudobulbs with 4 nodes, and carrying 2 to 3, ligulate, acute to obtuse, subcoriaceous, carinate below, abruptly short petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, 6" [15 cm] long, shortly paniculate, each branch few flowered, several flowered inflorescence holding the pale apricot colored flowers at the apex

The in situ photo is most likely of E blepharistes/E funkii as the photo was taken in Cundinamarca Colombia and there are more than 3 leaves on the pseudobulbs.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 430 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 647 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide;