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Epidendrum plants are among the most common orchids, encompassing over 1,000 varieties of sub-tropical to tropical plants, meaning that most of them are not suited for long-term outdoor growing. However, these tough little plants adapt to varying conditions and can tolerate temperatures down to 10°C, though they mostly thrive in warm home interiors. 

Epidendrum orchids are epiphytic and typically live suspended from a tree or cliff with minimal soil.. Some produce pseudo bulbs while others have cane-like stems. The colour and shape of the flower petals depends upon the cultivar, but most of the group has a characteristic three-lobed lip at the bottom of the flower that can be seen to close in on the centre.

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