Epidendrum belloi Hágsater 1999 GROUP Spathiger SUBGROUP Coriifolium TYPE Drawing © by Hagsater The Epidendra Website

Part sun Warm Cool LATE Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name Bello's Epidendrum [Mr Erik Bello Carranza - Costa Rican Naturalist and collector of type current]

Flower Size 1.6" [3.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama on the Atlantic slope at elevations around 700 to 1400 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, erect, slightly flexuous stems carrying 6 to 7, all along the stem, distichous, sub-coriaceous, oblong, unequally bilobed apically, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, distichous, erect, straight, laterally compressed, ancipitous, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence arising on a mature stem, with longer than the flower, longly triangular, acute, conduplicate, extended, not imbricating floral bracts and carrying 8 successively opening, to 5 open at a time, non-resupinate, white flowers.

This species has a large plant with 6 to 7 leaves that are less than 1" in width, the inflorescence as long as the apical leaves , the spaced acute floral bracts , the 3 nerved petals and a cordate, apiculate, 2 calli lip


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 313 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;