Epidendrum rodriguesii Cogn. 1898 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Repens Photo by Victor Silveira and his Orquideas da Mata Atlantica Website

Common Name Rodriques Epidendrum [Brazilian Orchid Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Brazil on stunted shrubs and wind pruned trees on mountain tops and ridges at elevations of 1400 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing fleshy epiphyte with branching stems enveloped by leaf sheath bases and carrying 7, alternate leaves that blooms in the fall on a short, terminal, 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with each flower protected by a stout, opaque, snail-shell like, yellowish bract.

CAUTION Many references including Kew place this species as a synonym of E strobiliferum. I have separated them as the flowers seem different as well as the bloom time and the prefered location of this species is so different from E strobiliferum's typical habitat. I await better references and photos of E strobiliferum to access this species status.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller & Seehawer 2008 as E rodrigueesii drawing/Photo fide;