Epistephium sclerophyllum Lindl. 1840 Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista photo by Cassio van der Berg and Orchidstudium

Part sun Hot

Common Name The Dry Leathery Leafed Epipstephium

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Surinam, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina in open areas in rainforests at elevations of 100 to 900 meters as a giant sized, hot growing terrestrial with rigid, ovate-elliptical, acute, veined, basally clasping leaves that dry a matte brown and blooms on a terminal, erect, successively several flowered inflorescence with, short, linear, acute, conduplicate floral bracts..

Synonyms Epistephium racemosum Barb Rodr.1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing good; Die Orchideen #2 5-8 tafel 3 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 column only drawing ok; Die Orchideen #7 25-28 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo not = Cleistes?; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide