Epistephium sclerophyllum Lindl. 1840 Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista photo by Rubens Maciel Capuzzoand Orchidstudium

Part sun Hot Summer Fall

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 in the summer and fall 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; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing not = E subrepens; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; photo not = Cleistes?; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide