Epidendrum nutans Sw.

Nodding Epidendrum

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Epidendrum

Category: Perennial


Small white terminal flowers in spring. Upright stems.

From Bot. Reg. The bloom of this species is of a lemon-colour, darkening as it decays to a reddish brown; the spike is constantly bent on one side, and offers a characteristic name for the species. The whole plant measures from one to two feet in height.


Native to Jamaica, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil.

First published in Prodr. (Swartz) 121 in 1788.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 17 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. Native of the mountains of the western side of the Island of Jamaica, where it grows (as the generic name implies) on trees, striking root in the fissures of their bark. First brought to England by Admiral Bligh, in 1793.


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