Epidendrum moritzii Rchb.f. 1850 GROUP Scabrum SUBGROUP Moritzii Photo by Jose David Lacruz and his Merida Venezuela Blogspot

Another Flower?

Inflorescence Photo by Guy Van der Kinderen

Full ShadeCoolColdSummer

Common Name Moritz's Epidendrum [German Orchid Collector Venezuela later 1800's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela , Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 1500 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a short, erect, clustered stem enveloped completely by tubular sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, linear, obtuse, conduplicate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the summer on to 5, erect then arching, 8 to 11.2" [20 to 28 cm] long, several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a newly developed growth through a thin, erect, elongate spathe.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo #911 soso; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo #914 fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Orquideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1222 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide to the second photo