Epidendrum raphidophorum Lindl. 1853

Another Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The ? Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Peru on mossy tree trunks at elevations around 2900 meters as a giant sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, terete below where often branched, ancipitous dilated above stems entirely enveloped by tubular, sometimes evanescent, leafless to leafbearing sheaths and carrying 6 to7, distichous, spreading, elliptic-oblong to elliptic, obtuse, deeply clasping basally leaves that blooms on a terminal, arcuate to nodding, racemose, to 8" [20 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence arising through 1 to 3, large, imbricating, conduplicate spathes and apicular, somewhat elongate floral bracts.

CAUTION Many references state that this species is a synonym of Epidendrum klotzscheanum. I have left it separate for now as Padre Ortiz thought that it was a separate species, so I await more information.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 72 Schlechter 1919; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017