Epidendrum xantholeucum Rchb.f. 1850

Drawing by Dunsterville and Garay

Common Name The Yellow and White Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 m]

Found in Venezuela and Colombia on steep roadside banks in thin soil on rock at elevations of 2700 to 3100 meters as a medium to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with caespitose clumps of erect, basally subterete, grading to moderately compressed above, mostly leafy in the upper half stems carrying coriaceous, distichous, oblong, sub-acute, rounded or slightly unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on an ascending, then pendent peduncle with various, basal, conduplicate, acute to obtuse spathes, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long overall, successively few, many flowered inflorescence with widely triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers with a white lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, an Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Fernandez 2003 photo good; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;