Epidendrum medusae (Rchb. f.) Pfitzer 1889 GROUP Nanodes Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Color Form Photo by Patricia Harding

Another Color Form

Another Color Form Photos by Don Dennis

Another Color Form Photo by Allen Black


Common Name The Medusa Epidendrum [refers to the hairy lips with a likeness to snakes and the greek mythology character with snakes for hair]

Flower Size to more than 3" [to more than 7.5 cm]

Found as a medium sized, epiphytic, cool growing orchid in Ecuador in wet montane cloud forests with a short rhizome giving rise to clustered, cane-like, laterally compressed, pendant stems that are basally branching, and completely enveloped by compressed, conduplicate, fleshy, gray-green, foliaceous sheaths carrying coriaceous, narrowly oblong-ovate, apically unequally bilobed, basally clasping leaves that are somewhat twisted at the base and blooms most often in the summer on an axillary, short, single [sometimes up to 3] flowered inflorescence with fantastic, large, heavy-textured flowers at elevations of 1800 to 2700 meters. Best grown on a mount with cool temperatures and constant moisture and medium light.

Synonyms Epidendrum medusae (Rchb. f.) Seibert 1900; Epidendrum medusae (Rchb. f.) Schltr 1921; Nanodes medusae Rchb. f. 1867; Neolehmannia medusae (Rchb. f.) Garay 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as Nanodes medusae; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 465 Dodson 1982 as Nanodes medusae drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Orchidaceaerum 3 Plate 392 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Nanodes medusae photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #1 2016 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 81 #2 2017 photo fide;