Epidendrum violascens Ridl. 1887GROUP Violascens Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Violet Epidendrum [does not refer to the flowers]

Flower Size

Found in Venezuela, Guyana and northern Brazil at elevations aroun 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with canelike, clumping, terete, branching, arising from near the apex of the previous stems carrying purple-brown, rigid, thick, the upperside variably medium green, dark green to greeny purple, underside nearly always puce except on young specimens leaves and blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, lightly branching, to 6" [15 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescnece.

Dunsterville describes the non-resupinate flowers as light greeny yellow with maroon flushing on the dorsal side with fleshy sepals the petals less so and the lip is light greeny yellow and the floral bracts are narrow and maroon in color. There are alos 2 hard, creamy yellow pollina. All photos on the net of this species are incorrect as they are all purple in color and are resupinate in form.

Synonyms Epidendropsis violascens (Ridl.) Garay & Dunst. 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 as Epidendropsis violascens; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 3 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 as Epidendropsis violascens drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide;