Epidendrum hombersleyi Summerh. 1934 GROUP Smaragdinum

Side View of Flower

Lip Detail

Photos by Patricia Harding

Part shade HotLATESummer EARLYFall

Common Name Hombersley's Epidendrum [English Reverend and Orchid Enthusiast early 1900's, Trinidad]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Trinidad and Amazonas Brazil in rain forests often on river edges at elevations of 50 to 200 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with fleshy, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute to acuminate to distally pointed leaves that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a simple, .8 to 3.2" [2 to 8 cm] long, racemose, to 7 flowered inflorescence that has acute to acuminate, imbricating sheaths in the lower half.

Synonyms Epidendrum duckei Porto & Brade 1938 publ. 1940

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as E duckei drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Native Orchids of the Eastern Caribbean Kenny 1988; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok;