Epidendrum delcastilloi D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1998 GROUP Nocturnum SUBGROUP Nocturnum

Drawing by Bennett & Christenson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Hot LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning del Castillo's Epidendrum [Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast and collector of species current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Pasco province of Peru in hot montane forests at elevations around 250 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with slender, strongly compressed, dilated gradually above stems enveloped basally by 2 to 3, close, tubular, scarious, strongly complanate sheaths carrying about 2 to 3, distributed all along the apical 1/3 of the stem, lanceolate, tapered to the conduplicate base, acute apically, yellow green leaves that blooms in the later winter through spring on a terminal, subsessile, 2 branched, each branch successively single to 2 flowered inflorescence arising through a very small spathe and carrying wide spreading flowers with the exterior of the sepals pale yellow with pale rose veins, the interior surface pale yellow [green when just opening], the petals are very pale cream yellow to green, the lip with white lateral lobes the midlobe pale yellow and the column pale cream white.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceaeum Peruviarum Plate 457 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014