Epidendrum steyermarkii A.D.Hawkes 1957 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Cernuum Drawing by Lopez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Common Name Steyermark's Epidendrum [American Orchid Collector in Venezuela 1900's]

Flower Size 1.6" to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in eastern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela at elevations around 1800 to 3250 meters as a large to giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, basally terete, laterally compressed above, branching near the apex when mature, erect, robust stems enveloped by leaf bearing sheaths and carrying to 15 on the main stem, 6 to 8 on the branches, all along the stems, coriaceous, alternate, articulate, coriaceous, elliptic to lanceolate, rounded, pronounced nerves, shortly bilobed, thye apical margin entire to erose leaves that blooms in the fall through early summer on a terminal, occuring only once, arching-nutant, peduncle short to .24" [6 mm] long, terete, thin, naked, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, racemose, simultaneously 7 to 14 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, narrowly lanceolate, acute, clasping floral bracts and carrying resupinate, yellowish to greenish flowers with a white lip and column, nocturnally fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Epidendrum matutinum Rchb.f. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 70 Schlechter 1919; as Epidendrum matutinum Flora de Venzuela Vol XV Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1260 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1294 Hagsater 2009 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing good/photo ok; ;