Epidendrum ferrugineum Ruiz & Pav. 1798 Photo by Fernando Chan and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Petite Plaisance.


Common Name The Rust Red Epidendrum

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Trinidad, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1600 to 2100 meters as a small sized, cool t ocold growing epiphyte or litophtye where it often occurs in coffee plantations with shorter, reed-like stems with 1 to 3 nodes, carrying 2 to 3 basally clasping, narrowly elliptic leaves that blooms on a terminal, arching, 9" [22.5 cm] long, many successively flowered inflorescence arising from a 5" [12.5 cm] long, compressed, tubular spathe on a mature stem.

Synonyms Epidendrum carneum Lindl. 1846; Epidendrum naucrates Rchb.f. 1854; Epidendrum tricolor Rolfe 1893; Epidendrum trinitatis Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as E naucrates; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as E carneum; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum triniatus; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960 as Epidendrum triniatus; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok;