Epidendrum rupestre Lindl. 1841 Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Lithophytic Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru on rocks as a small sized, cold growing lithophyte with caespitose, cylindric to fusiform, and more or less arcuate when dry, obliquely bifoliate apically stems carrying ascending, coriaceous, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute, cuneate below into the base leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect to suberect becoming arcuate to pendent, loosely racemose above, peduncle, complanate, with 1 to 2, scarious, rachis to 2.4" [6 cm] long, 5.2" [13 cm] long overall, loosely several, to 11 flowered inflorescence with small, triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, much shorter than the ovary floral bract.

Synonyms Epidendrum calyptrochilum Schltr. 1921; Epidendrum penlandii L.O.Williams 1940; Epidendrum piestopus Schltr. 1917

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 69 Schlechter 1921 as E calyptrochilum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren -Atlas 57: 337 Schlechter 1929 as E calyptrochilum drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo good;