Epistephium lucidum Cogn. 1893 Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista photo by Cassio van der Berg and Orchidstudium

Plant and Flowers in situ Brazil before and after fire Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista photo by Lou Menzes

Part sun Warm to CoolSummer

Common Name The Shining Epipstephium

Flower Size 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil in dry areas in savannahs, along watercourses and in the transition between fields and forests with leathery leaves as a small to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a stout stem carrying reticulate veined, acute to obtuse, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on a teminal, erect, successively several flowered inflorescence with short, acuminateacute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing good; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 10 1998 photo; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide