Epidendrum tigriphyllum Hágsater 1999 GROUP Megalospathum

Plant and Flowers Photos by © Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia and The Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia WebsiteWebsite

Cultivation Nature

Common Name The Tiger Striped Leaf Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with canelike, terete stems carrying numerous, all along the stem, all in the same plane, ovate-lanceolate, greyish green with irregular transverse maroon barred leaves that blooms in the winter [in cultivation] and spring on a terminal, from the mature stem, sessile, peduncle to .6" [1.5 cm] long, simultaenosuly 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with very small floral bracts and carrying resupiante, grayish-green flowers with a somewhat tinged pink lip and a reddish tinged column and an apple green clinandrium.

E stanhopeanum, E obliquifolium, E escobarianum and E tigrifolium all have the greyish green leaves with the transverse maroon bars which is uncommon within the Epidendrum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 387 Hagsater & Salazar 1999 Drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 #912 as E sp photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1994 Errata; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide;