Epidendrum tolimense Lindl. 1845 GROUP Elleanthoides SUBGROUP RhombochilumPhoto by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo WebsiteWebsite

Common Name The Tolima Epidendrum [A department of Colombia]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Colombia and southern Ecuador in paramo at elevations around 2450 to 3400 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte and terrestrial with terete, very short branching in the upper half stems carrying numerous, all along the stem, smaller on the branches, ovate to narrowly lanceolate, acute, margin erose-denticulate leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, from the mature stem and the branches, racemose, short, arching-nutant, .6 to .8" " [1.5 to 2 cm] long, more or less successive 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with very triangular, acuminate, almost as long as the ovary floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 252 Schlechter 1920; Icones Orchidacearum11 Plate 1187 Hagsater & Salazar 2008 Drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo good;