Epidendrum bracteostigma Hágsater & García-Cruz 1999 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP PlatystigmaTYPE Drawing by © Jimenez & Hagsater and The Epidendra Webpage

Part shadeCool LATESpring

Common Name The Large Floral Bract Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 1600 meters as a giant sized, cool growing epiphtye with a branching, cane-like, terete stem carrying all along the main stem, deciduous when branched, branches persistent, smaller, both coriaceous, elliptic-lanceolate, retuse leaves that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, arising from the branches, racemose, distichous, erect, 2.4 to 3.6" [ 6 to 9 cm] long, short, terete, slightly sinuous inflorescence with 1, conduplicate, widely ovate, obtuse bract and conduplicate, much longer than the ovary, ovate-oblong, acute floral bacts and carrying 4 to 6, simultaneously opening flowers.

Known only from the type, this species is characterized by the narrowly elliptic-lanceolate leaveds and the very prominent floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 316 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;