Epidendrum unguiculatum (C.Schweinf.) Garay & Dunst. 1976 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turialvae Photo by SITF AND AOS Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista Photo by Cassio van den Berg Orchidstudium

Common Name The Clawed Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Surinam, Brazil and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 100 to 300 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, straight,stems enveloped completely by several, imbricate, scarious bracts and carrying 8, distichous, articulate, unequal in size, basally much smaller, green above ventral surface occasionally purple, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, pluri-racemose, successive racemes deveop from the distal bracts of the peduncle, peduncle to 8.8" [22 cm] long, with up to 4, large, tubular, acute, conduplicate bracts, paniculate, to 22" [50 cm] long overall, successively 6 to 8, 16 to 25 many flowered inflorescence with each branch carrying several, spreading flowers with much shorter than the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, non-fragrant flowers.

Synonyms *Epidendrum paniculatum var. unguiculatum C.Schweinf. 1943

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as E paniculatum var unguiculatum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 474 Bennetii & Christenson 1998 drawing 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; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo good; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1492 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 drawing/photo fide

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