Epidendrum calanthum Rchb. f. & Warsz. 1854 GROUP Schistochilum SUBGROUP Calanthum COMPLEX Flexuosum Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

Rose Colored Form Photo by Oak Hill Gardens and Their Website

Different Color Variety Photo by Glen Ladnier

Another Color Form Photo by Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Part sun Cold toHot LATE Springto Summer

Common Name The Beautiful Blooming Epidendrum

Flower Size to 1" [2.5 cm]

Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador are the locales for this pretty, medium to large sized, hot to cold growing, reedstem terrestrial or epiphyte from elevations of 220 to 2200 meters in tropical montane forests with lightly fractiflex stems enveloped basally by a few, scarious leafless sheaths and carrying above several, elliptic, acute, conduplicate towards the base leaves that blooms on a terminal, 8" [20 cm] long, few flowered, subumbellate inflorescence arising on a mature stem with elliptic, conduplicate leaves that occurs in the late spring and summer.

This species is often found in conjunction with ants and may benefit from their presence.

Synonyms Epidendrum caucae Schltr. 1920; Epidendrum chrysostomum Rchb. f. 1856; Epidendrum decipiens Lindl. 1853; Epidendrum filomenoi Schltr. 1921; Epidendrum huanucoense Schltr. 1921; Epidendrum ibaguense var. confluens (Lindl.) C. Schweinf. 1944; Epidendrum paytense Rchb. f. 1855; Epidendrum schomburgkii var. confluens Lindl. 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as E decipiens; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as E decipiens; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as E paytense; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as E caucae; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as E filomenoi; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as E huancoense; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum ibaguense var confluens; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as Epidendrum ibaguense var confluens; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970 as E ibaguense var confluens; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing ok; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as E paytense drawing ok; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as E diciepens drawing ok; Orquideologia Vol 12 3/4 1977/8 as E decipiens/E schomburgkia var confluens; Orquideologia Vol 14 No 1 1979 as E schomburgkia var confluens; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0325 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 040 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004 as Epidendrum deciepens; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1150 see recognition section Hagsater & Sanchez 2008; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1171 see recognition section Hagsater & Sanchez 2008; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide

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