Epidendrum fimbriatum Kunth 1816

Plant and Flowers in situ, Vulcan de Purace 6/07 - Elevation 10,000 ft


Flowers in situ, Jardin Antioquia 5/14 - Elevation 7500 ft

Nice Color Variation Plant and Flowers in situ, Jardin Antioquia 5/14 - Elevation 7500 ft Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Plant and Flower in situ Macchu Picchu Peru Photos by Eric Hunt


Common Name The Fringed Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

Found from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia as well as Venezuela in wet montane cloud forests at elevations of 1100 to 3700 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial along stream banks or on embankments with erect, elongate, thin, branching, cane-like stems enveloped by tubular, scarious, foliaceous sheaths and carrying a few, narrowly elliptic, basally clasping leaves that are minutely erose towards the apex and all gathered towards the apex of the stem that blooms on a terminal, 1.6" [4 cm] long, racemose, seldom branched, successively few flowered, elongating inflorescence arisng from a mature stem and occuring at most any time of the year.

Synonyms Epidendrum alternans Lindl. 1841; Epidendrum fimbriatum var. rhomboglossum (Kraenzl.) C. Schweinf.1944; Epidendrum integrilabium Ames & C. Schweinf.1925; Epidendrum rhomboglossum Kraenzl. 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:66 Schlechter 1924; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drwaing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum fimbriatum var rhomboglossum; 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; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 377 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 473 Dodson 1998 see observations; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide