Epidendrum fulgens in Situ

Posted on: 2nd May 2011 | 0 Comments

Last week some friends came down from the United States. It was their first trip to Brazil, so my husband and I took them to our favorite place…Florianópolis 🙂

On our first day we went for a hike on one of the trails located on the south east part of the island. The trail leads to a beach called Lagoinha do Leste (Little Lake of the East). The ascent is through what is locally called the mata atlantica, or Atlantic rain forest. The forest is dense on both sides of the trail, as well as overhead, and the air is cool and humid. When we came up over the mountain, and out of the jungle cover, the forest gives way to a brush covered coastal mountain side. On our descent we spotted a couple of lovely Epidendrum fulgens specimens.

Common Growth Conditions & Species Information

  • Light: Bright or Full Light
  • Temperature: 65-85ËšF / 20-30ËšC {night average}
  • Bloom Season: Fall
  • Flower Size: 1″ / 2.5 cm
  • Fragrant: No

Epidendrum fulgens grows in the restinga vegetation near the Atlantic shore from Rio de Janeiro in the north to Rio Grande do Sul in the south, at a typical elevation of 10 meters, and as little as 20 yards from the oceans edge. They are a warm to hot growing terrestrial orchid that blooms in the fall in Brazil.

Lagoinha do Leste
There are two entrances to Lagoinha do Leste. The trail I mention above is accesed through Pântano do Sul, is about 2,5 km (1.5 miles) long and takes about 90 minutes one way. The elevation rises from sea level to 200 meters (656 feet) almost halfway, and then back to sea level. This trail is used more by the local fishermen and surfers. There is alternate access to Lagoinha through Matadeiro beach. This trail is about 4,3 km (2.5 miles), elevation rises to around 100 meters (330 feet), and takes roughly 5 hours round trip.

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