Epidendrum acrostigma Hágsater & García-Cruz 1999 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Platystigma Drawing by © Jimenez & Hagsater and The Epidendra Webpage

Part shadeWarmCool MIDWinter Spring Summer

Common Name The High Elevation Platystigma Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in oak and rain forests at elevations of 1400 to 3000 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphtye or terrestrial with a branching, cane-like, terete stem carrying numerous, narrowly elliptic, obliquely bilobed, rounded leaves that blooms in the mid winter through summer on a terminal, arising from the branches, racemose, distichous, erect to arcuate, 1.6 to 2.4 " [4 to 6 cm] long, short, laterally compressed, flexuous inflorescence with 1, conduplicate, widely oblong-ovate, obtuse bract and conduplicate, much longer than the ovary, not imbricate, widely ovate, acute floral bacts

This species is distinguished by the narrowly elliptic, obliquely bilobed leaves of the secondary and tertiary branches and the racemose inflorescence with non-imbricating floral bracts and naked rachis. The green flowers have ovate-elliptic, acute, strongly carinate sepals with the keel margin being erose, the entire, subquadrate lip that is slightly fiddle shaped, basally truncate and envelopes the column while the callus is tridentate and the column i tubular and erect.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Volume 3 Hammel, Grayum. Herrera and Zamora 2003