!Odontoglossum epidendroides Kunth 1816 SUBGENUS Odontoglossum Type Photo by Jay Pfahl.

Another Flower Photo by Patricia Harding.


Common Name The Epidendrum-Like Odontoglossum

Flower Size 2.8" [3.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru on moss covered trees in very wet lower level cloud forests at elevations of 1100 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ovate, laterally complanate, ancipitous pseudobulbs with age becoming rugose and ridged longitudinally and enveloped basally by 2 pairs of distichous, imbricating, lower leafless, upper leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, lanceolate, apical, acute leaves that taper below into a conduplicate petiole-like base and blooms in the late spring and summer on an axillary, erect then arching to pendulous, 12" [30 cm] long, loosely many flowered inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb and may have a few short, basal branches to the raceme.

Synonyms Odontoglossum lacerum Lindl. 1838; Oncidium epidendroides (Kunth) Beer 1854;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0114 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 1233 Bennett & Chriatenson 1993 as O lacerum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 11 1995 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as O lacerum photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing ok; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #3 2016 as Ornithoglossum [sic] epidendroides drawing fide;