Epidendrum chirripoense Hágsater 1993GROUP Ramosum COMPLEX rugosum Drawing by © Hagsater and The Epidendra Website

Collection sheet Photo courtesy of The Field Museum and Their Muestras Neotropicales de Herbario

Part SunCold LATERSummer

Common Name The Chirripo Epidendrum [A national park in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and western Panama in lower cloud forests at elevations of 3000 to 3200 meters as a small to medium szied, cold growing epiphyte with a branching cane-like, flexuous stem carrying many, all along the stem, elliptic-oblong, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, arising from the main stems and branches, arcuate, mostly 2 flowered, filiform rachis, racemose, inflorescence with a conduplicate, prominent, ovate floral bract and carrying simultaneous, non-fragrant, brownish green to greenish yellow flowers

Recognized by its ahort inflorescence with a filiform rachis carrying 2 flowers with a triangular lip with a cordate base, an apically arcuate column and ovary that almost forms a 90 degree angle.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 122 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 329 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 966 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section