Epidendrum bracteosum Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930GROUP Bracteosum SUBGROUP Pallens Drawing by Jimenez and Hagsater and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Bracteate Epidendrum [refers to the prominent, conduplicate floral bracts]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in oak and elfin forests at the base of trees in mosses at elevations around 3150 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, cane-like, short, thick, laterally compressed, straight stems enveloped below by scarious, membraneous bracts carrying 3 to 4, in the apical 1/2 of the stem, coriaceous, elliptic to ovate, rounded and minutely apiculate apically, margin entire, dark green with purple leaves that blooms in the summer through earlier fall on a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, short, thin, ancipitose, straight, arching, 1.4 to 2" [3.5 to 5 cm] long, 3 to 9 flowered inflorescence with a near the base, basally tubular, conduplicate above, narrowly triangular-ovate, subacute, somewhat ancipitose bract with conspicuous, longer than the ovary, conduplicate, cymbiform, acute floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate, non fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Icones Orchidaceaum 11 Plate 1106 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide;