Epidendrum violascens Ridl. 1887GROUP Violascens Photo by Dinets and his The Vladimir Dinets Homepage

Drawing Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Violet Epidendrum [does not refer to the flowers, but the general coloring of the Stem, Leaves, Inflorescence and flower buds]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana and northern Brazil at elevations aroun 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with canelike, clumping, terete, branching, arising from near the apex of the previous stems carrying purple-brown, rigid, thick, the upperside variably medium green, dark green to greeny purple, underside nearly always puce except on young specimens leaves and blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, lightly branching, to 6" [15 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence.

Dunsterville describes the non-resupinate flowers as light greeny yellow with maroon flushing on the dorsal side with fleshy sepals the petals less so and the lip is light greeny yellow and the floral bracts are narrow and maroon in color are also 2 hard, creamy yellow pollina.

Almost all photos on the net of this species are incorrect as they are all purple in color and are resupinate in form.

CAUTION!!!!!!The Photo above by Dinets is the closest that I have been able to find for this species and the closest to Dunsterville's Drawing, but the flowers do not appear to be non-resupiante

Synonyms Epidendropsis violascens (Ridl.) Garay & Dunst. 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 73 Schlechter 1919; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 as Epidendropsis violascens; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 3 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, an Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Epidendropsis violascens drawing fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Venezuela Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela an Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Epidendropsis violascens drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide; Orquideas mde Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo ok?;