Epidendrum tovarense Rchb.f. 1850


Photo/drawing by Dunterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Tovar Epidendrum [A Colony of northern Venezuela]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in northern Venezuela at elevations of 1300 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with terete, cane-like, simple, light green stems enveloped in the lower 2/3's of the stem by white sheaths and carrying in the upper third of the stem, shiny green on top, dull underneath, liberally spotched with purple leaves that blooms on a terminal, from the newly matured stem, short peduncle rachis, to 4" [to 10 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence with completely absent to insignificant floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 73 Schlechter 1919; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 252 Schlechter 1920; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garary 1959 Drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Tercera Parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Venezuela Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing good;