Epidendrum tipuloideum Lindl. 1853 Photo by J Camilo Farfan and his Flicker Photo site

Another flower? Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website


Common Name The Spider-Like Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela at elevations around 1100 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with elongate, cylindrical, terete, green, dark brown to purple brown, noded, each node slightly swollen in the middle pseudobulbs with a few white sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, green, linear, acute, conduplicate below into the base leaf that blooms on a terminal, smooth, terete, pale green, 2" [5 cm] long, erect, one to few flowered, racemose inflorescence.

In Peru, according to Schweinfurth, these plants are found on rocks at higher elevations up to 2300 meters. I have not seen myself any specimens from Peru so I can not determine if they may be a different species or the same. The descriptions are very similar between the two references.

Synonyms Epidendrum broadwayi Ames & C.Schweinf 1932

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 73 Schlechter 1919; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drwaing fide; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok to the 1st photo; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 124 Hagsater & Sanchez 1990 see recognition section; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;