Epidendrum attenuatum Lindl. 1853

Photo by The Native Colombian Orchids Flickr Website


Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Pointed Epidendrum [refers to the sepals, petals, lip and leaf]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with narrowly oblong to oblong, slightly compressed, dark puce brown pseudobulbs carrying 2, thick, rigid, linear, acute leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on a terminal, suberect then arching, strongly compressed, green grading to maroon, terete rachis, 7.2 [18 cm] long, 10 to 13 flowered inflorescence with 3, tubular, acuminate sheaths and very narrow, pinky brown floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 67 1919; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Tercera Parte 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 Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;