Epidendrum diffusum Sw. 1788 Photo by © Diederick and Orquidariovirtual Website

Inflorescence Photo by AMO Website

Plant and Flowers Photo by Botanická zahrada a arboretum Mendelova zemedelská a lesnická univerzita v Brne.

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Common Name The Double Cleft Epidendrum

Flower Size Less than 1/2" [less than 1.25 cm]

Found in Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam and Brazil as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing reed stem epiphyte with clumped, cane-like, erect or arching, flexuous stems carrying ovate-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, rounded to obtuse, amplexicaul, fleshy coriaceous leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on a 12" [30 cm] long, terminal, paniculate inflorescence with many [70 to 300] simultaneouly opening flowers.

Synonyms Epidendrum tenuiflorum Lindl. 1853; Seraphyta diffusa (Sw.) Pfitzer ex Fawc. & Rendle 1910; Seraphyta multiflora Fischer & Meyer 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Seraphyta diffusa; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as Seraphyta diffusum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 5 1979; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 6 1995 Photo; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 572 Hagsater, Soto 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005 photo;