Epidendrum atwoodchlamys Hágsater 1999 GROUP Polychlamys SUBGROUP Polychlamys Photo by © Melania Munoz and The Orchid Flor of Bosque de la Paz Biological Reserve Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Hagsater and The Epidendra Website


Common Name Atwood's Polychlamys Group Large Sized Flower Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in northwestern Costa Rica in highlands at elevations around 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, simple, cane-like, terete, arcuate stem arising from a previous stem at the 4th to 6th internode carrying 2 at the apex of the newer stems, coriaceous, ovate, acute, retuse, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, occuring only once, distichous, racemose, erect, 1.6 to 2.4" [ 4 to 6 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary, conduplicate, ovate, obtuse to rounded, glumaceous floral bract and carrying 4 to 7, more or less simultaneous flowers.

Easily distinguished from others by the small, ovate leaves and the large, yellow green flowers with sepals that are [1.8 to 2.1 cm] long, a suborbicular lip that is basally cordate and the ovary is without an evident nectary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaum 3 Plate 310 Hagsater & Salazar 1999 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide;