Epidendrum sophronitoides F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899 GROUP Takulumena Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Common Name or Meaning The Sophronitis-Like Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in cloud and elfin forests as a mini-minature sized, cold to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of [1400] 2000 to 3400 meters with branching, leafy stems completely enveloped by leafbearing sheaths and carrying thick, coriaceous, sulcate mid nerve, dorsally rounded, apically asymetric, often finely erose margins, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring on short growths, arising from among the roots at the base of the leafy stems, terminal, short, single flowered, inflorescence enveloped almost completely by imbricating, tubular bracts and carries a non-fragrant, non-resupinate flower.

Has an overall Vanda-like plant appearance

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo not; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1116 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1167 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1172 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1180 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing hmm

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