Epidendrum sphaeranthum Schltr.1921 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Gastropodium

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Partial shade Cold

Common Name The Spherical Epidendrum

Flower Size

Found in Chimborazo province of Ecuador on the western slope of the Andes at elevations around 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, generally superposed, leafy stems carrying erect-patent to suberect, coriaceous, glabrous, linear-ligulate, obtuse to unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms on a terminal, nutant, short, .72" [1.8 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with patent, lanceolate, acuminate, somewhat shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, fleshy, glabrous, nutant, subglobose, dark colored flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 86 Ecuador Schlechter 1921; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren -Atlas 57: 364 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide;