Epidendrum ventricosum Lindl.1841 GROUP Ventricosum

Drawing of E pachygastrium Drawings by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The Thick Belly Epidendrum

Flower Size .6 [1.5 cm]

Found northern Peru on the northern end of the Cordillera Oriental at elevations of 1900 to 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing sympodial, subcaespitose epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, ancipitous, newly arising from the basal fourth of the previous stem carrying 3 to 5, all along the apical 2/3rds of the stem, unequal, fleshy, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, obtuse, unequally bilobed, margin crenulate leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, arising through a tubular, ancipitous, linear-oblong, rounded spathe enveloping the peduncle, racemose, simultaneously 6 to 17 flowered inflorescence with very short, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, non-fragrant, transluscent flowers with the calli whitish.

Synonyms Epidendrum pachygastrium Kraenzl. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 970 Hagsater 2007 as E pachygastrium drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1194 Hagsater 2008 drawing fide;