Epidendrum brenesii Schltr.1923 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Incomptum

Collection Sheet Photo/Specimen by Pupulin/Romero Epidendra Website

FragrancePart sun Cool FallTHROUGH EARLY Summer

Common Name Brenes' Epidendrum [Costa Rican Botanist in the late 1800 to early 1900's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in disturbed forests at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, erect, cane-like, terete, produced from the middle internode of the previous stem, straight stems and carrying 3 to 5, aggregate towards the apex, alternate, subcoriaceous, erect-spreading, oblong, acute, margin entire, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the fall though early summer on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, rarely paniculate, arching, thin, ancipitose, straight, 8 to 12 flowered inflorescence with a lanceolate, acute bract and half as long as the ovary, triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying successively opening, weakly afternoon scented flowers.

Known by its yellow to strongly purple flowers with a reniform, deeply emarginate lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 209. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; 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 8 Plate 814 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 drawing fide;