Epidendrum brevicaule Schltr. 1921 GROUP Geminiflorum

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Partial shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Short Stemmed Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Junin Peru at elevations of 2200 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] distant, erect stems carrying densely 5 to 6, erect-patent, oblong, obtuse, fleshy leaves that blooms in the later spring on a terminal, subsessile, arising through a compressed, obtuse spathe, single flowered inflorescence and carrying inverse, recurved, somewhat campanulate, fleshy, yellow brown flowers.

Epidendrum brevicaule is part of GROUP Geminiflorum characterized by the sympodial habit, with new stems arising from the middle node of the previous one, a prominent round to ovate spathe, few non-resupinate flowers and a papillate, excavated disc of the lip. Similar to E megagastrium but E brevicaule differs in the smaller, wide bellied flowers and the completely unadorned lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9: 80 Peru Schlechter 1921; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 30. Panama Schlechter 1922 = E schlechterianum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren -Atlas 57: 458 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as Nanodes brevicaule = E schlechterianum; Icones Orchidacearum 17[1] Plate 1739 Hagsater & Jimenez 2019 see Note section;