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Orchid Species: Epidendrum medusae

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Epidendrum medusae is an orchid species identified by (Rchb.f.) Pfitzer in H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl (eds.) in 1889.
Genus
Epidendrum (Epi.)
Grex
medusae
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
(Rchb.f.) Pfitzer in H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl (eds.)
Year
1889
ORIGIN: Found as a medium sized, epiphytic, cool growing orchid in Ecuador in wet montane cloud forests.

DESCRIPTION: Found as a medium sized, epiphytic, cool growing orchid in Ecuador in wet montane cloud forests with a short rhizome giving rise to clustered, cane-like, laterally compressed, pendant stems that are basally branching, and completely enveloped by compressed, conduplicate, fleshy, gray-green, foliaceous sheaths carrying coriaceous, narrowly oblong-ovate, apically unequally bilobed, basally clasping leaves that are somewhat twisted at the base and blooms most often in the summer on an axillary, short, single [sometimes up to 3] flowered inflorescence with fantastic, large, heavy-textured flowers at elevations of 1800 to 2700 meters. Best grown on a mount with cool temperatures and constant moisture and medium light.

FLOWER SIZE: To more than 3 inches [to more than 7.5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Nanodes Na medusae 1867 Rchb.f.
Add+ Neolehmannia Nha medusae 1977 (Rchb.f.) Garay
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BEST PLANTS: Five More Favourites for a Desert Island by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler). Nanodes medusae, Den. fimbriaturn var. occulatum, Coelogyne ochracea, Cym. Bulbarrow 'Will Stutley", Cycnoches chlorochilon. OR86-263 0
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