!Oestlundia cyanocolumna (Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf.) W.E. Higgins 2001 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Flicker Orchid Photostream

Inflorescence and Flowers Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey


Common Name The Purple-Blue Column Oestlundia

Flower Size 3/4" [1.5 cm]

Endemic to Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Puebla, Vera Cruz and Oaxaca states of Mexico as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte that occurs in oak forests at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters with clustered, conical-ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, apical, distichous, arcuate, linear, acute, conduplicate leaves and blooms in the spring and early summer on a terminal, arcuate-pendulous, racemose to 2 to 3 branching, 1 1/2" to 12" [4 to 30 cm] long, slightly fractiflex, slowly successively 1 to 15 flowered inflorescence.

It grows mounted on cork or treefern or potted in chopped treefern chunks with semi-shade, good air movement and watering while growing and a lessening when resting.

Synonyms Encyclia cyanocolumna (Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf.) Dressler 1961 ; *Epidendrum cyanocolumna Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1934;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum cyanocolumna; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as Hormidium cyanocolumna; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #3 2002 photo fide; The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1056 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide