Epidendrum cardioepichilum Hágsater, D.Trujillo & E.Santiago 2008 GROUP Diothonea SUBGROUP Diothonea TYPE Drawing by Hagsater & Trujillo and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Heart Shaped Lip Apex Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Peru in montane forest at elevations around 2755 meters as a medium sized, cold growing, monopodial epiphyte with successively branching, arising from the apical nodes of the previous stem, cane-like, terete, thin, progressively shorter stems enveloped in the basal half by 2, tubular, scarious sheaths and carrying 3 to 4, along the apical half of the stem, alternate, suberect, subcoriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, bilobed, minutely apiculate, slightly recurved, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, racemose, compact, subsphaerical, arching-nutant, peduncle terete, thin, short, waithout bracts, rachis tertete, thin, simultaneously 8 to 15 flowered inflorescence with small, less than half the length of the ovary, triangular-lanceolate, acute, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying resupinate, weakly disagreeably fragrant, yellowish brown flowers with the lip apex pink and the margin darker.

This species is recognized by ther rhizome and stem forming a pseudobulb carrying 2, apical, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate leaves that blooms on an inflorescence carrying 1 to rarely 2 yellow green flowers with lanceolate-acuminate sepals and a trilobed lip with the lateral lobessemi-orbicular and the median lobe triangular-acuminate.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 13 plate 1310 Hagsater & Dodson 2010 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;