Epidendrum geminiflorum Kunth 1816 GROUP Megagastrium SUBGROUP Megagastrium Photo by The Kopf Orchideen Website

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Plant and Flowers Photo by Patricia Harding

Part Shade WarmCool WinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Twin-Flowered Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in montane cloud forests on steep embankments at erlevations of 600 to 1550 meters as a warm to cool growing epiphyte or a terrestrial with a short, cane-like stem carrying in the upper half, elliptic-lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the winter spring summer or fall on a terminal, short, enveloped completely by a basal, leaflike sheath, 2 flowered inflorescence carrying yellow green flowers.

Many references cite this species as a synonym of the similar E marsupiale but it differs in the lack of acute side lobes to the lip instead of rounded and is also less acute and shorter at the apex.

Synonyms Epidendrum cajamarcae Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as E cajamarcae; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:67 Schlechter 1924; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 80 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as Epidendrum geminiflorum; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 050 Bennett & Christenson 1993 see comments as E cajamarcae and E geminiflorum; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo not = E marsupiale Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 394 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section as E geminiflorum; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as E geminiflorum drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 as E geminiflorum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005 photo as E geminiflorum; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1269 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section as E geminiflorum; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 as E geminiflorum drawing/photo fide