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[ep-i-den-druh m] /ˌɛp ɪˈdɛn drəm/
any of numerous tropical American orchids of the genus Epidendrum, having variously colored, often showy flowers.
Origin of epidendrum
1785-95; < New Latin; see epi-, -dendron Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Loddigesii, which was introduced to Europe a few years earlier, passed under the name of epidendrum.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • To handle a consignment of epidendrum bicornutum demands some nerve.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • 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
  • The same observer has put on record instances of a similar kind in epidendrum Stamfordianum.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • Cruger's case here referred to is doubtless the cleistogamic fertilisation of epidendrum, etc.

  • epidendrum bicornutum, on the other hand, is very well known and deeply admired, when seen; but this is an event too rare.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle

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