Epidendrum gracillimum Rchb.f. & Warsz. 1854 GROUP Epidendropsis SUBGROUP Gracillimum

Collection sheet Photo by Rebecca Repasky and the Botanical Research Institue of Texas and their Atrium Website

Common Name The Very Graceful Epidendrum

Flower Size .25" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in scrubby montane forests on low tree branches at elevations of 1700 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender stem enveloped by several distichous, imbricating, leaf bearing sheaths and carrying linear, acute, articulated, clear green leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, scapose, slender, arching, paniculate, each branch 4 to 5 flowered, 5" [12.5 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with 3 to 5 approximate, conduplicate, long acuminate bracts and very small floral bracts.

Synonyms Epidendrum schlimii var. gracillimum (Rchb.f. & Warsz.) C.Schweinf 1953

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as E schilimii var gracillimum; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 221 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 048 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 823 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 in recognition section;