Epidendrum spruceanum Lindl. 1853 GROUP Nocturnum SUBGROUP Nocturnum Drawing by Dodson & Vasquez and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Spruce's Epidendrum [English Botanist and Amazonian orchid collector later 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil in wet tropical forests at elevations around 300 meters as a large to giant sized, hot growing, suberect epiphyte with slender, cane-like, slightly flexuous, laterally flattened stems enveloped by numerous, tubular, becoming foliaceous sheaths above and carrying 5 to 6, all along the apical 2/3's of the stem, distichous, coriaceous, green, narrowly elliptic, evidently marked veins and keels, apically bilobed, mucronate leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, without a spathe, erect, peduncle short, .2 to .6" [.5 to 1.5 cm] long, 2.2 to 8" [5.5 to 20 cm] long overall, pluri-racemose, occuring over several years form the same raceme, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute, embracing floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers with the tepals green to yellowish and the lip and column are white.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 336 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15[1] plate 1561 Hagsater and Sanchez 2015 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;