Epidendrum prostratum (Lindl.) Cogn. 1898 GROUP Physinga Photo by Alexander Damien P. and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name or Meaning The Prostrate Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in lower, wet montane forests at elevations around 100 to 450 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with an erect, caespitose stem enveloped completely by imbricate, distichous, foliaceous sheaths and carrying narrowly ovate, fleshy, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a terminal, elongate, compressed, fractiflex, 2 to 8" [5 to 20 cm] long, successively single, 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence with 4 to 5 approximate, conduplicate, elongate, scarious bracts and minute floral bracts and carrying subcampanulate flowers.

Synonyms *Physinga prostrata Lindl. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 as Physinga prostrata photo fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 482 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 054 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003;