Epidendrum purum Lindl. 1844 GROUP Amblostomoides Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Single-Colored Epidendrum

Flower Size 3/4" [to 2 cm]

This medium sized, cold to warm growing, reedstem, epiphytic species from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia is found at elevations of 500 to 2800 meters with terete, slightly swollen in the middle stems envelopd completely by tubular, scarious below to leaf bearing above sheaths carrying, narrowly linear, thin, erect, light green, acute leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, few to several flowered, racemose inflorescence with fragrant flowers occuring in the fall and winter. The stems are somewhat thickened toward the middle, without forming pseudobulbs. Cold to warm conditions and water throughtout the year but reduce the watering after growth has mature.

The two representative flowers above show an extreme difference in lip structure and to the best of my knowledge they both are E purum.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 5 1959 photo; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 132 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 444 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 734 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo ok

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