Epidendrum semiteretifolium D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1995 GROUP Lanium

TYPE Drawing by Bennett & Christenson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbario Website

Common Name The Almost Terete Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Pasco department of Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a narrowly fusiform, pseudobulbous stem enveloped by chartaceous sheaths and carrying 2, semiterete, acute, thickly coriaceous leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, paniculate, few branched, each branch few flowered, peduncle to 4" [10 cm] long, with sparse bracts, dark red, densely covered in hyaline trichomes, 9.6" [24 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence and carrying faintly scented, flat, spreading, semi-transluscent greenish yellow flowers.

Distinghuished from all others in Epidendrum by the following characteristics, the semi-terete leaves, the bifoliate pseudobulbs and the paniculate inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Brittonia 47(2): 187189, f. 4 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide, Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 251 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014;