Epidendrum microphyllum Lindl. 1840

Plant and Inflorescence Photos By Maartin Sepp

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Plant and Inflorescence

Lip Photos By Patricia Harding

Part sunHot Cool Spring

Common Name The Small Leaved Epidendrum

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia on small trees on steep rocky, exposed slopes in canyons or wet montane cloud forests at elevations around 200 to 1900 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with slender, fusiform, erect stems enveloped basally by several, small, close sheaths and carrying linear-lanceolate, coriaceous, semi-terete with a shallow median furrow, clasping basally, acute apically leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, laxly 5 to 7 flowered, racemose, pilose hyaline inflorescence with 3 basal, subdistant, elongate, triangular bracts and similar yet shorter flower bracts.

Synonyms Epidendrum sarcophyllum Focke 1849; Lanium colombianum Schltr. 1921; Lanium microphyllum (Lindl.) Benth 1881; Lanium microphyllum subsp. colombianum (Schltr.) Brieger 1977; Lanium peruvianum Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Lanium microphyllum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 155 Schlechter 1920 as Lanium colombianum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 253 Schlechter 1920 as Lanium colombianum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 251 Schlechter 1920 as E sarcochilum; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as L peruvianum; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959 as Lanium microphyllum;Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as Lanium microphyllum drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as Lanium microphyllum drawing fide; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Lanium microphyllum drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 538 Dodson 1982 as Lanium microphyllum drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as lanium microphyllum; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 474 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 as Lanium microphyllum; Inventaire Taxominique des Plantes de la Guyane Francaise Vol II Les Orchidaceaes Cremers and Hoff 1992; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 245 Bennett 7 Christenson 1995 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 640 Bennett & Christenson 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2005 drawing/photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing ok/photo ok; Orchids of the Darien Gap Kolanowska 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo good;