[ep-i-den-druh m]


any of numerous tropical American orchids of the genus Epidendrum, having variously colored, often showy flowers.

Origin of epidendrum

From New Latin, dating back to 1785–95; see origin at epi-, -dendron
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Examples from the Web for epidendrum

Historical Examples of epidendrum

  • To handle a consignment of Epidendrum bicornutum demands some nerve.

    About Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • The same observer has put on record instances of a similar kind in Epidendrum Stamfordianum.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Loddigesii, which was introduced to Europe a few years earlier, passed under the name of Epidendrum.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • Cruger's case here referred to is doubtless the cleistogamic fertilisation of Epidendrum, etc.

  • From the ever-green forests of Papantla and Nautla comes the epidendrum vanilla, whose odoriferous fruit is used as a perfume.

    Mexico and its Religion

    Robert A. Wilson