Epidendrum fimbriatum Kunth 1816

Plant and Flowers in situ, Vulcan de Purace 6/07 - Elevation 10,000 ft


Flowers in situ, Jardin Antioquia 5/14 - Elevation 7500 ft

Nice Color Variation Plant and Flowers in situ, Jardin Antioquia 5/14 - Elevation 7500 ft

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Plant and Flower in situ Macchu Picchu Peru

Photos by Eric Hunt


Common Name The Fringed Epidendrum [refers to the erose margins of the petals and lip]

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

Found from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia as well as Venezuela in wet montane cloud forests at elevations of 1100 to 3700 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial along stream banks or on embankments with erect, elongate, thin, branching, cane-like stems enveloped by tubular, scarious, foliaceous sheaths and carrying a few, narrowly elliptic, basally clasping leaves that are minutely erose towards the apex and all gathered towards the apex of the stem that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, 1.6" [4 cm] long, racemose, seldom branched, successively few flowered, elongating inflorescence arisng from a mature stem.

Synonyms Epidendrum alternans Lindl. 1841; Epidendrum fimbriatum var. rhomboglossum (Kraenzl.) C. Schweinf.1944; Epidendrum integrilabium Ames & C. Schweinf.1925; Epidendrum rhomboglossum Kraenzl. 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 69 Schlechter 1919; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 246 Schlechter 1920;Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 27: 66 Colombia Schlechter 1924; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum fimbriatum var rhomboglossum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 377 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Venezuela, Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 473 Dodson 1998 see observations; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 photo fide; Orquideologia 24: 3 Ortiz & Hagsater 2005; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America Meisel 2014 photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #11 2020 photo fide;