Friday, August 5, 2011
Epidendrum atacazoicum, an orchid native of Ecuador
This Epidendrum native of Ecuador produces large many flowered piramidal inflorescences. The inflorescences are quite showy both due to their sheer size and to the lovely presentation. This is a large plant, in the plant shot it might look small but this is due to the fact that behind it are the 15 feet tall canes of a large Sobralia orchid. The specific name of the plant is because there is a volcano en Ecuador named Atacazo. This plant grows in cool, wet montane forest. I have not seen photos of this plant being cultivated out of its native range except for this plant which I saw at the Quito Botanical Gardens, in Ecuador.