Epidendrum torquatum Lindl. 1845 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Cernuum Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Twisted Epidendrum [It is not clear what Lindley was refering to]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in the interandean valley at elevations of 2800 to 3500 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with cane-like, terete, straight, main stem branching above, branches much shorter stems carrying 11 to 25 on the main stem, 4 to 7 on the branches, almost all along the stem, distichous, articulate, erect-spreading, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, apex slightly bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the mid fall through early summer on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, nutant, peduncle sub-terete, .48" [1.2cm] long, densely, simultaneously 11 to 13 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, linear-triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, very fleshy, glabrous, yellow to greenish white, sweetly slightly fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 252 Schlechter 1920; Flora of Venezuela Vol 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1298 Hagsater & Santiago 2009 drawing fide;