Epistephium amplexicaule Poepp. & Endl. 1836 Photo by Alvaro del Campo and The Neotropical Live Plant Photos Website

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Poeppig & Endl. and The Plant Illustration Website


Common Name The Basally Clasping Epistephium

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Guyana and Colombia at elevations of 1300 to 1700 meters as a giant sized, cool growing growing terrestrial with erect, leafy, somewhat sinuous, pseudo-articulate basally, the extremities sulcate, branching, stems carrying many, coriaceous, elongate, triangular-oblong, erect-patent, shortly acuminate, basally clasping into the amplexicaul, concave-cordate base leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, elongate, bracts, rachis 4.8 to 7.2 [12 to 18 cm] long, successively 8 to 12 flowered inflorescence with flat, ovate to deltoid, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Vol 1 Kolanowska and Szachetko 2012 drawing fide; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Ortiz/Uribe 2017