Epidendrum smaragdinum Lindl. 1838 GROUP Smaragdinum Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Emerald Green Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Surinam, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru in wet tropical forests often in ants nests at elevations around 100 to 500 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or terrestrial with canelike, caespitose, straight stems enveloped by numerous, erect to subpendent, tubular, subflattened, imbricating, distichous, foliaceous sheaths and carrying several, alternate, chartaceous,stiff, narrowly ovate, red brown flecked leaves that blooms in the late fall and winter on a terminal, erect, short, successively few, several flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Epidendrum kuhlmannii Hoehne 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Tercera Parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 488 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003;