Epidendrum cordiforme C.Schweinf. 1940 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Rugosum TYPE Drawing by Hagsater and The AMO Herbaria Website

Collection Sheet Collection sheet by Hagsater and Epidendra Webpage

Part shadeColdLATER SummerMIDWinter

Common Name The Heart-Shaped Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1900 to 2700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphtye with a cane-like, thin, branching above stem carrying to 10, all along the main stem, 3 to 4 each on the branches, a single leaf on the flowering branches, each blade subcoriaceous, smooth, dorsally carinate, oblong-elliptic to linear, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the later summer though mid winter on a terminal, racemose, distichous, subsessile, 1 to rarely 2 flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary, infundibuliform, verrucose, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, creamy white flowers with the apex of almost all parts tinged purple. The cylindrical, thin stems that are .08" [2mm] in diameter, the generally single flowered inflorescence carrying cream-purple flowers with a longer than the ovary floral bract and a strongly concave, cordate, apiculate lip distinguish this species from others.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; 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 9 Plate 922 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide;