Epidendrum subpurum Rchb.f. 1854 GROUP Amblostoma SUBGROUP Amblostomioides


Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Karl Senghas and Swiss Orchid Foundatiion at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Almost Epidendrum purum Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/4" [7mm]

Found in Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Brazil and Ecuador on coffee shade trees at elevations around 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, terete below, thickening towards the middle stem enveloped by close fitting, tubular, grey sheaths and carrying on the apical half, up to 15, linear, sub-mucronate apically, mid nerve lightly sulcate leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a terminal, erect, paniculate, to 6" [15 cm] long, many flowered inflorecescence with delicately scented flowers

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution.

This species is said to be synomonous with E hartii so if true then this name takes precedence.

Synonyms Amblostoma subpurum (Rchb.f.) Pabst 1977;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 73 Schlechter 1919; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela an Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Amblostoma subpurum; Boletim CAOB No 62 2006 photo ok; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing ok;