Epidendrum tridactylum Lindl. 1838 GROUP Amblostoma SUBGROUP Amblostomioides Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista

Common Name The Three-Fingered Epidendrum

Flower Size 5/8" [1 1/2 cm]

Found in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia on steep, damp, rocky slopes at elevations around 100 to 1900 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with slender to thickly fusiform stems often enveloped basally by 4 to 5, soon evanescent, membraneous sheaths and carrying 4 to 5, linear-oblong, obtuse, apiculate leaves that blooms in the spring in the southern hemishpere on a paniculate, arcuate, many flowered inflorescence with rugose floral bracts and variable flower color.

Synonyms Amblostoma cernua Scheidw. 1838; Amblostoma densum Rchb.f. 1872; Amblostoma densum Rchb. f. 1878; Amblostoma dusenii Kraenzl. 1911; Amblostoma tridactylum (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1838; Epidendrum amblostoma Rchb.f. 1854; Epidendrum citrinum Barb.Rodr. 1877; Epidendrum tridactylum var. pallidum Knowles & Westc. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as E amblostoma; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 as Amblostoma tridactylum drawing fide; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878 as Amblostoma densum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Amblostoma tridactylum; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as Amblastoma cernuum drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959 as Amblostoma tridactylum; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965 as Amblostoma tridactylum drawing fide; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Amblostoma tridactylum photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 001 Bennett & Christenson 1993 as Amblostoma tridactylum drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Boletim CAOB No 62 2006 photo ok; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;