Epidendrum alfredii Schltr. 1923 GROUP Nocturnum SUBGROUP Nocturnum TYPE Drawing by Schlechter The Epidendra Website


Common Name Alfred's Epidendrum

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 50 to 300 metrers as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect canes carrying about 20, erect-patent, narrowly lanceolate, acute, fleshy-coriaceous, shiny, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, subsessile, 2.4" [6 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

This species is distinguished by the the short racemose inflorescence with successively few, white flowers with a reniform-subtrilobate lip with 5 to 7 thick veins that are as long as half the lamina and the ovary is not inflated.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 115 Schlechter 1923; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;