Epidendrum saxicola Kraenzl. 1905

Another Color

Plant and Flowers

Another Form Photos by Rebecca Repasky and The Atrium Website

Common Name The Rock Living Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia in cold very wet cloud forests at elevations of 2800 to 3400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with, ascending, basally branching, fusiform, thickest at the base, 3 noded pseudobulbs enveloped mostly by a large scarious, papyraeous, loose bracts, enclosing to imbricating, tubular, scarious bracts and a single, narrowly elliptic, concave, obliquely bilobed, minutely apiculate, light green, coriaceous, articulated below into the short, lightly compressed petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, racemose, shortly pedunculate, 1.8" [4.5 cm] long overall, simultaneously 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence arising through a linear-oblong, scarious spathe that is half the length of the raceme and carrying color variable, from pale greenish to pink to reddish green flowers.

Christenson stated that this concept may prove to be a suite of closely related species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 652 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 as E aff saxicola photo good;