Epidendrum rivulare Lindl. 1858 GROUP Cristatum SUBGROUP Cristatum

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Drawing by © Fawcett & Rendle

Partial shade Warm Cool LATE Summer THROUGH EARLY Spring

Common Name The River-Side Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm] wide

Found in the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica in moist to wet montane, broadleaved forests at elevations of 500 to 1700 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with pendulous, simple, cane-like, terete stems carrying all along the stem, ascendent, equal in size, sheaths persistent, tubular, finely striate, blades dark green, narrowly lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the late summer through early spring on successively several, terminal, peduncle 2.4 to 5.6" [6 to 14 cm] long, without a spathe, but enveloped by 6 to 8, tubular, imbricating, ancipitous, acute bracts, rachis to 2.4" [6 cm] long, subcorymbose, simultaneously 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Amphiglottis rivularis (Lindl.) Acuña 1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Vol 1 Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Catalogo Descriptivo de las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1939 as Amphiglottis rivularis; Orchids of Jamaica Gloudon & Ibisch 1995 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larimendi 2005; Orquideas de la Republica Dominicana Y Haiti Fernandez 2007 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1114 Hagsater 2008 see recognition section; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;