Epidendrum cryptanthum L.O.Williams 1942 GROUP Polychlamys SUBGROUP Polychlamys Collection Sheet of Holotype by L.O.Williams and Epidendra Website

Part Shade Warm LATER Fall EARLY Spring

Common Name The Hidden Flower Epidendrum [refers to the flower being within the imbricating bracts of the inflorescence]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in wet forests at elevations around 600 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with scandent, branching growths and a simple, cane-like, terete, thin, slightly arcuate stems enveloped almost completely by tubular, dilated towards the apex sheaths and carrying 2 to 4, aggregated towards the apex of the stems, alternate, articulate, coriaceous, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaves with tubular, minutely striated, apically slightly inflated leaf bases that blooms in the later fall through early spring on an apical, arcuate, paniculate, producing 1 to 3, dense, distichous, short, about 5 flowered inflorescence nearly totally hidden within the nearly as long as the flower, ovate to ovate-oblong, subacute, conduplicate, glumaceous, somewhat erose apically floral bracts and carrying flowers with the tepals creamy white.

The rhizomatous stem givers rise to roots on the basal nodes of the stem which carries 2 to 3, elliptic, apical leaves that blooms on a very short, subcapiate inflorescence with small flowers almost entirely enveloped by the bracts and an ovate, apiculate lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; 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 Orchidaceaerum 9 Plate 924 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide;