Epidendrum subliberum C.Schweinf. 1952 GROUP Albomarginatum

Plant and Flowers Photos by Rebecca Repasky and Atrium Biodiversity WebSite


Common Name The Less Than Free Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/4" [7 mm]

Found in Peru in elfin and low rainforests at elevations of 2950 to 3600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a verticle, scandent growth habit, thin, basal half cane-like, apically thickened stem producing new stems from an internode below the apical thickened half and covered by 2 to 8, tubular, non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, aggregate towards the apex, coriaceous, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, minutely apiculate, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the mid winter through fall on a terminal, racemose, arching, terete, thin, densely many flowered inflorescence with 3 small, linear-lanceolate, amplexicaul, acuminate bracts and similar, more than 1/2 as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying up to 120, simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers.

Dressler and Garay put this species as a synonym of Scaphyglottis sublibera but Hagsater as well as myself and now Kew feel this species fits into the Albomarginata group quite well and is definitely an Epidendrum.

Synonyms Scaphyglottis sublibera (C.Schweinf.) Dressler 1964

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as Microepidenrum subliberum; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1391 Hasater & Salazar 2010 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1392 Hasater & Salazar 2010 drawing fide;