Epidendrum bifarium Sw. 1799

Collection Sheet by and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Common Name or Meaning The Double Sided Epidendrum [refers to the rachis] '

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Jamaica, Colombia? and Venezuela? [see below] at elevations of 2100 to 2400 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching, basally terete, apically compressed stems carrying fleshy, rigid, linear-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, dorsally carinate, basally clasping leaves that blooms on a terminal, 3.2 to 10" [8 to 25 cm] long, rachis compressed and two sided, completely enveloped by spathaceous bracts laxly several to many flowered inflorescence with as long as or shorter than the ovary floralbracts and carrying pale green flowers with brownish red tints.

CAUTION!!!! Please see E andinum and the discussion there. This may be that species, although there is a real E bifarium, it appears to occur in Jamaica only and this drawing is of a plant from northwestern Venezuela.

Synonyms Epidendrum anceps Sw. 1788

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Tercera Parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide;