Epidendrum spathatum Schltr. 1917 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.


Common Name The Spathed Epidendrum [refers to the bracts on the inflorescence but they are not true spathes]

Found in Ecuador on rocks and roadbanks at elevations of 1600 to 3200 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte with simple, laterally compressed, decumbent stems carrying 9 to 27, all along the stem, elliptic, shortly acuminate, margin entire, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, paniculate, occuring only once, 4 to 12.4" [10 to 31 cm] long, laterally compressed, many flowered inflorescence enveloped by 2 to 4, tubular, conduplicate, ancipitose, acuminate bracts and shorter than the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, longly acuminate floral bracts and carrying 50 to 140 simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers.

Cited by some as a synonym of Epidendrum porphyreum but they differ in the callus on the lip.

Synonyms Epidendrum embreei Dodson 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 426 Dodson 1982 as E embreei drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum 4 plate 416 Hagsater & Salazar 2001 as E embreei see recognition; Icones Orchidacearum 4 plate 463 Hagsater & Salazar 2001 as E embreei see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1293 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1388 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 photo drawing fide/photo ok