Epistephium araracuarae Szlach., Mytnik & Baranow 2013 Drawing by Joanna Mytnik-Ejsmont and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Araracuara Epistephium [A town in Meta a department of eastern Colombia ]

Flower Size

Found in Meta Colombia at elevations around 100 meters with only the apical portion of the plant for observation as a hot growing terrestrial with several, coriaceous, stiff, shiny, elliptic-lanceolate, shortly apiculate, narrowly, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring on terminal, racmose, to 13.2" [33 cm] long, lax in the lower part, dense apically, successively many flowered inflorescence with medium sized, purple flowers.

It differs from all other Colombian Epis. parviflorum-group species by the very narrow lip claw, the lamina wider than long, transversely-elliptic-rectangular, truncate at the apex, gynostemium very slender, abruptly much more swollen at the apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidee (Hamburg) 64: 1 Szlach., Mytnik & Baranow 2013 drawing fide