Epidendrum calimanianum V.P.Castro 2008 GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Alberti

Plant and Flowers

photos by Savio Domingos Caliman and The Epidendra Website


Common Name Caliman's Epidendrum [Brazilian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Espirito Santo state of Brazil at elevations of 800 to 1100 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, cane-like stems, carrying 6, distichous, all along the stem, lanceolate, green above, flushed red beneath, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, sessile, successively single to 3 flowered inflorescence arising through 2, lanceolate bracts.

Epidendrum calimanianum is part of GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Alberti characterized by the caespitose habit, with numerous green to purple colored leaves, the laterally flattened stems with apical, and lateral inflorescence, the apical one with an anciptitose peduncle terminating in a conduplicate, spathaceous bract somewhat larger but similar to the floral bracts, and one to several racemes of imbricating, conduplicate, rounded, bracts which produce flowers one at a time. The species is similar to E hololeucum but this one is 1/3 smaller overall, has spatulate apices to the petals and this one has larger, asymetrical lateral sepals and the three lobed, tricallose lip.


ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Richardiana 8: 94 Castro 2008 drawing fide; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 Drawing/photo fide