Epidendrum syringothyrsus Rchb.f. ex Hook.f. 1875

Photo by Patricia Harding

Part Shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Bouquet of Elder Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern Peru and Bolivia on rock outcroppings at elevations around 1600 to 3250 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect, stout, cane-like stem enveloped completely by leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying many, basally clasping, narrowly elliptic, acute leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect then pendant, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence arising through a large conduplicate spathe


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 10: 71 Bolivia Schlechter 1922; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003 photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 drawing/photo fide; Brasil Orquideas Ano 6 no 21 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 #1 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide