Epidendrum fuscatum Sm.


Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Epidendrum

Description: 

Epidendrum, with lance-shaped leaves, alternately sheathing the stem, twisted, and discoloured with a deep purple : flowers terminate the branches in umbels, of a brownish colour, dotted or striped. (Bot. Repos.)

From Bot. Reg. found growing on the trunks and branches of the trees, somewhat in the manner of the Misletoe with us. It is a perennial herbaceous plant, seldom exceeding a foot and half in height, with the fibres of the root thick and fleshy...

History: 

Published in Spic. Bot. 21 in 1792.

Synonym of Epidendrum anceps Jacq.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 7: 441 in 1806-7 and in Bot. Reg. 1: 67 in 1815.

It is a native of Jamaica... (Bot. Repos.)

From Bot. Reg. Native of the West Indies. Found by Swartz in Jamaica, on trees growing on the mountains. Introduced by Lord Gardner in 1790.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Epidendrum anceps Jacq. - accepted name

Epidendrum secundum Sw. - synonym


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