Epidendrum pachyphyton Garay 1973 GROUP Epidendropsis SUBGROUP Gracillimum

Photo © Rodrigo Escobar and The Epidendra Website

Drawing Original Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Crassula-Like Epidendrum [A Succulent Plant]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests or tepui slopes at elevations of 1400 to 1920 meters as a repent, branching, mainly pendent, mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple to branched, subterete stems enveloped completely by highly persitent, tubular, fleshy, rugose, heavily ribbed, variably dark green to almost black maroon, rarely grey leaf bearing sheaths carrying several short, very fleshy, dark green, ventrally moderately to strongly rugose, dorsally very finely papillate, imbricating leaves and blooms on terminal, both on branches and the main growth, peduncle insignificant, racemose, .2" [5 mm] long, slowly, successively one to 4 flowered inflorescence with short, fleshy floral bracts and carrying well opening flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *Orquideología 8(3): 182. Garay 1973 photo fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide;