Epidendrum tessmannii Mansf. 1928 GROUP CoronatumPhoto by Breiger

Drawing Drawing by M. Pastorelli


Common Name Tessmann's Epidendrum [German Orchid Collector in Peru 1900's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Pasco Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 1000 to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, thin, straight stems enveloped basally by tubular, non-foliaceous, scarious sheaths and carrying 5 to 9, all along the apical half of the stem, distichous, articulate, sub-erect, narrowly oblong-elliptic, conduplicate below into the clasping base, acute, thin, dark green above, pale green with very small brown dots or specks beneath, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, arising through a spathe, peduncle short, 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying spreading flowers wqith the sepals off-white, the petals pale green, the lip off white, the column white with a pale green base, the anther very pale greenish yellow, the polinia dark yellow and the viscidium and caudicles paler yellow.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 253 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide;