Epidendrum bilobatum Ames 1924 GROUP Spathiger SUBGROUP Coriifolium Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Common Name The 2 Lobed Epidendrum [refers to the lip]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in open old oak forests at elevations of 700 to 1900 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a simple, erect, basally terete, laterally compressed, cane-like stem enveloped completely by well spaced, tubular, striated sheaths and carrying 4 to 10, all along the stem, the lower and uppermost snmaller, narrowly elliptic, retuse to bilobed apically leaves that blooms in summer through fall and winter on an apical, racemose, disitchous, secund, erect, sinuous, laterally compressed, [16 to 26 cm] long, 5 to 7 flowered inflorescence with elongate, conduplicate bracts and arising on a mature stem and carrying simultaneously opening, non-resupinate, nocturnally fragrant flowers.

Part of the Spathiger Group, Coriifolium Subgroup with Epidendrum coriifolium

The subcaespitose habit, the stems carrying 4 to 10 oblong, aplanate, less than 4.4" [11 cm] long leaves, the erect, distichous, ancipitous inflorescence, non-imbricate, non-acuminate, distichousfloral bracts and carrying clear green flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Schedul. Orchid. 7: 3. 1924; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1430 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1522 Atwood 1993 see notes; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 914 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide