Epidendrum scutella Lindl. 1844 GROUP Megalospathum

Plant and Flowers Photos by Rebecca Repasky and The Atrium Website

Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Small Cupped Epidendrum [refers to the base of the lip]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in rather scrubby cloud forests at elevations around 3000 to 3100 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with pendant, branched stems enveloped completely by imbricating leafless and leafbearing sheaths and carrying 4 to 6 apical, softly coriaceous, sharp-edged, lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the fall on a subsessile, subumbellate to 2.4" [6cm] long, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence arising through a large, conduplicate, recurved spathe on recently matured stems and has small infundibuliform floral bracts.

Some authors cite E platyoon as a synonym of this species but E platyoon most likely has a single flowered inflorescence with a pair of small calli that do not terminate in 3 keels instead of a 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence with calli that terminate in 3 keels.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as E platyoon; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:74 Schlechter 1924; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 654 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide;