Epidendrum saxicola Kraenzl. 1905

Plant and Flowers Photos by Rebecca Repasky and The Atrium Website

Common Name The Rock Living Epidendrum [Type occurs on his property in Costa Rica]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia in cold very wet cloud forests at elevations of 2800 to 3400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with, ascending, basally branching, fusiform, thickest at the base, 3 noded pseudobulbs enveloped mostly by a large scarious, papyraeous, loose bract encloses to imbricate, tubular, scarious bracts and a single, narrowly elliptic, concave, obliquely bilobed, minutely apicaulte, light green, coriaceous, articulated below into the short, lightly compressed petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, racemose, shortly pedunculate, 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, simultaneously 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence arising through a linear-oblong, scarious spathe that is half the length of the raceme and carrying color variable, from pale greenish to pink to reddish green flowers .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 652 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide;