Epidendrum rhodochilum (Schltr.) Hágsater & Dodson 1992 GROUP Megalospathum Photo by © The Sociedad Colombiana Orquideologia Flickr Website

Common Name The Violet Colored Column Epidendrum

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 2600 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, straight stem and carrying 8 to 12, distichous, all along the stem, coriaceous, succulent, smooth, grayish green, somewhat tinged purple, ovate, oblique, aristate apically, apical margin erose, basal and apical leaves somewhat smaller, articulate to the sheaths below leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, on a mature growth, occuring only once, pendent, peduncle enveloped completely by the single, wide, semi-orbicular, conduplicate spathaceous bract, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, simultaneously 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence and carrying resupinate, fruity scented flowers.

Synonyms *Diothonea rhodochila Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 27: 61 Colombia Schlechter 1924 as Diothonea rhodochila; *Orquídea (Méx.) 12(2): 296. Hagsater 1992; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 photo drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;