Epidendrum pseudopolystachyum D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001GROUP Blepharistes Photos by © Erica Morón

Common Name or Meaning The False Polystachyum Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations around 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial in wet montane cloud forests with ovoid-fusiform, tapering towards the apex, sulcate, of three internodes, obtuse angled pseudobulbs enveloped in youth by evanescent sheaths and carrying 2, oblong-elliptic, acute to obtuse, midvein carinate beneath, conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, to 6" [to 15 cm] long, paniculate, densely many flowered inflorescence

Differs from the similar E. polystachyum in the small plants, a gibbous nectary at the apex of the ovary, partially fused lateral sepals, entire labellum margins and a differently shaped labellum midlobe. Bennett & Christenson


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 649 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drwawing fide