Epistephium williamsii Hook. f. 1865

Plant and Flowers in situ Brazil before and after fire Photos courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista photo by Cassio van der Berg and Orchidstudium

Another Flower Photos courtesy of Dr Leslie Garay Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

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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.

Synonyms Epistephium lucidum Cogn. 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 as E lucidum drawing good; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as E lucidum drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as E lucidum; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as E lucidum drawing good; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as E lucidum drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Orquideas do Estado do Espirito Santo Ruschi 1997 as E lucidum drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 10 1998 as E lucidum photo; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 as E lucidum photo fide; As Orquideas da Serra Do Castelo Espirito Santo Brasil Vol 1 Chiron & Bolsanello 2015 Photo fide;

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