Epidendrum brachyclinium Hágsater & García-Cruz 1999 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Platystigm TYPE Drawing by © Hagsater and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Short Clinandrium Epidendrum [this species seems to have the shortest clinandrium of the platystima group]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests and rain forests at elevations around 1460 to 2250 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with branched, cane-like, terete stems carrying all along the young stem but when branching 1 to 2 towards the apex, oblong, obliquely bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, generally on the branches, flowering only once, racemose, distichous, erect, .2 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long including the .12 to .2" [.3 to .5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with a single, conduplicate, ovate, obtuse bract covering the peduncle and a much longer than the ovary, conduplicate, widely ovate, obtuse floral bract and carrying resupinate, green flowers that area sometimes tinged with purple.

The distinguishing features of this species are the large plant with small elliptic leaves , an inflorescence carrying 2 to 3 green, sometimes purple flowers with elliptiv to sub-rhombic petals, an entire lip that is transversely obovate basally cordate and apically truncate, the clinandrium is shorter than the body of the column and the ovary is straight.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaum 3 Plate 314 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;