Epidendrum hemiscleria Rchb.f. 1862 GROUP Hemiscleria Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Gerardus Staal

Plant and Flower Photos by Dr Leslie Garay Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

Common Name The Nodding Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in montane cloud forests as a giant sized, cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 2700 to 3300 meters with cane-like, suberect to arching to sub-pendant stems enveloped completely by numerous, distichous sheaths and carrying narrowly elliptic, acute apically, membraneous leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, slightly shortened, bright red, short, subcapitate, many flowered inflorescence with an umbel of several, simultaneously opening fleshy, orange colored flowers at the apex.

Synonyms Diothonea nutans (Lindl.) C. Schweinf. 1944; Hemiscleria nutans Lindl. 1853; Epidendrum rhopalorhachis Kraenzl. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 471 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1338 Hagsater 2010 drawing fide