Epistephium hernandii Garay 1961
Inflorescence Photos by © Vladimir Dinets
Plant and Flowers
Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Dr Leslie Garay Copyright ©, and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives
Common Name Hernand's Epistephium [Colombian Orchidist and scientist 1900's]
Flower Size 4" [10 cm]
Found in Venezuela and Colombia in open rocky areas and in tepui meadows at elevations of 190 to 1700 meters as a medium to giant sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial on rocks, on riverbanks or grassy savannahs or epiphytic in wet, humid forests with an elongate, stout, glabrous stem carrying lightly fleshy, ovoid, acute leaves with clasping leaf bases and blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, terete, glabrous, several to many  successively flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a mature cane.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 6 1961 photo; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; AOS Buletin Vol 71 No 5 2002 photo; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Ortiz/Uribe 2017 photo/drawing fide;