The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Orchidaceae.

Epidendrum Genus of about 750 species of evergreen epiphytic, lithophytic or terrestrial orchids. They are widespread in tropical North, Central, and South America. Most produce cylindrical, leafy stems, other have a pseudobulbs. The flowers are produced in usually terminal, umbel-like racemes or panicles.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Cool- to Intermediate-growing orchids. Grow in containers of epiphytical or terrestrial orchid potting mix. Provide support for long, scrambling stems. In summer, provide bright indirect light and high humidity; in winter provide full light. Water freely all year, sparingly in winter. Misting is necessary once or twice daily. Divide when the plants overflow their container. Root plantlets of species with stem as soon as they have developed vigorous roots.
Epidendrum (haemathantum x cinnabarinum)
Primary hybrid of a large flowered "reed" epi with a smaller (but greater in number) pink epi. The result is a nice medium red with the cinnabarinum lip and a higher flower count from the haemathantum. Wide temperature tolerance with moderate to bright light. Epidendrum (haemathantum x cinnabarinum)
Epidendrum ciliare L.
Flowers in November-January. Epidendrum ciliare L.
Epidendrum cinnabarinum
The species has been in cultivation since the first half of the 19 century. It flowers for a long time with many flowers in sussection and should be grown in warm conditions in full sun. Epidendrum cinnabarinum
Epidendrum E. radicans Pav.
Epidendrum E. radicans Pav.
Epidendrum longipetalum
Epidendrum longipetalum
Epidendrum mamoratum
This Mexican species grows on the cool side with moderate to bright light. Flowers on new growth before the growth matures. The flowers are cream/ivory with burgundy/maroon markings (we're not real proud of this photo - we'll get a new one up on the next flowering). Flowers last a month or more. Epidendrum mamoratum
Epidendrum miserum
This rather small epiphyte sends drops its leaves in winter and rests until spring. The bare bulbs then produce these exquisite little flowers that last about two months. Late spring, summer, and fall is the growing period. They flower easily and like cool temperatures. Epidendrum miserum
Epidendrum prismatocarpum
Found in Mexico and Central America, this species provides dramatic, bright, long-lastisng flowers. Very striking! Grows intermediate with moderate light. Epidendrum prismatocarpum
Epidendrum pseudepidendrum
Although this brightly colored reed epi flowers at about 18" in height, it will conintue to grow to about 4'. It has a wide temperature tolerance and grows just about anywhere. Likes moderate to bright light. Epidendrum pseudepidendrum
Epidendrum stamfordianum
This Colombian species likes it bright and warm. It will reward you with arching, pendant inflorescences of speckled flowers that last a month or more. Epidendrum stamfordianum

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