Epidendrum compressum Griseb. 1864 Photo courtesy of Ecuagenera and theirOrchid Website

Side View of Flower Photo courtesy of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

Flowers Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Part Shade Hot toWarm LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Compressed Epidendrum

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Trinidad, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte at elevations around 50 to 1700 meters with basally terete, dilated and compressed above stems enveloped completely by close, imbricate, conduplicate sheaths that are articulated and leaf bearing towards the apex carrying 3 to 4 elliptic, basally conduplicate, acute-acuminate leaves that orient to the same plane and blooms in nature in the winter and early spring on a terminal, erect then arching, 8 to 16" long, laxly paniculate, several flowered inflorescence arising on a mature stem and having 3 close, triangular bracts that diminish in size and minute floral bracts.

Synonyms Epidendrum guentherianum Kraenzl. 1928; Epidendrum laxum Poepp. & Endl. 1837-38; Epidendrum macrothyrsis F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899; Epidendrum yatapuense Barb. Rodr. 1891; Minicolumna laxa Brieger 1976 ; Minicolumna yatapuensis (Barb.Rodr.) Brieger 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:67 Schlechter 1924 as E laxum var mocoanum; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960 as E yatapuense; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing good; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Scweinfurth 1970; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Minicolumna laxa photo fide; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Minicolumna yatapuensis drawing/photo ok; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 529 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0060 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 456 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;

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