Epistephium williamsii Hook. f. 1865 Photos courtesy of Dr Leslie Garay Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

Common Name William's Epistephium [Orchid Collector in SE Asia and Freind to Hooker 1800's]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in the Guianas and Brazil as a medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with erect, clustered stems carrying mostly apical, very glossy, leathery, oval-oblong to oval-elliptic, very prominently branched, veined, deep green, becoming black when dry leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, 6" [to 15 cm] long, 5 to 8 successively flowered, often with 2 to 3 open at a time inflorescence and carrying very short lived, somewhat fragrant flowers..


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965;