Epidendrum davidsei Hágsater 1993 GROUP Spathiger SUBGROUP Coriifolium TYPE Drawing © by Hagsater and The Epidendra Website

Cold LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name or Meaning Davidse's Epidendrum [American Orchid Enthusiast and collector of species current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in montane forests at elevations around 3200 to 3279 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with ererct, straight, laterally compressed stems enveloped basally by 5 scarious, non-foliaceous sheaths carrying about 5, distributed all along the apical 1/2 of the stem, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, acute apically leaves that blooms in the the late summer and early fall on a terminal, on a mature stem, occuring only once, racemose to 1 branched, arcuate, 4.8" [12 cm] long including the peduncle with prominent bracts, 7 to 9 flowered inflorescence arising through a tubular, 2.4" [6 cm] laterally compressed, acute spathe and carrying conduplicate, cucullate, ovate, acute, spaced apart floral bracts and carrying dull yellow with pink tinge to the exterior flowers.

Distinguished by the terminal, racemose inflorescence arising through a basal, tubular spathe, and conduplicate, cucullate, progressively smaller towards the apex floral bracts and flowers with trinerved, strogly constricted towards the base petals and a subquadrangular lip with three fleshy keels that go the length of the lamina.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidaceaeum 2 Plate 127 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;