Epidendrum floribundum Kunth 1816 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum Photo by © Ricardo Fernández from USM

Drawing Drawing by © Hagsater

Part ShadeHot Cool Fall THROUGHWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Abundant Flowered Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in northern & central Peru at elevations around 450 to 1200 meters as large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, erect, straight stems carrying numerous, alternate, articulate, submembraneous, glabrous, spreading, narrowly elliptic, acuminate leaves that blooms in the late fall through winter on a terminal, occuring only once, paniculate, distichous, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long including the 2" [5 cm] long, straight, thin peduncle with a tubular, acuminate bract at the base, almost simultaneously to 40 flowered inflorescence with some 5 spreading, 1 to 3.2" [2.5 to 8 cm] long, lax, few flowered branches each subtended by a basal, narrowly triangular, acuminate bract, all with half as long as the ovary, linear-triangular, acute, amplexicaul floral bracts.

Most all references make this species a synonym of E paniculatum but new research by Eric Hagsater who has undertaken a great revision of this species complex has separated out 6 species throughout the larger E paniculatum subgroup range and has now revealed the original Peruvian endemic E floribundum that typifies this species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 14 Plate 1428 Hagsater & Sanchez 2013 drawing fide