Epidendrum orthocaule Schltr. 1921 GROUP Frutex

Photos by and The Orchidees en Nord S.F.O. Section Nord Website


Drawing by Dodson

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter


Common Name The Straight Stem Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in bushes at elevations around 2700 to 3700 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with a very short rhizome giving rise to terete, erect, straight leafy stems carrying sub-erect, rigid, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate-ligulate, mucronate apically leaves that blooms in the later spring on a terminal, shortly pedunculate, erect, numerously decurved branched, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with deltoid-ovate, shortly acuminate, fleshy, as long as the overy floral bracts and carrying very fleshy, greenish, glabrous flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 79 Schlechter 1921; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 57: 353 Figuren Atlas Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide;