Epidendrum oxyglossum Schltr. 1923 GROUP Ramosum Photo by Adam Karremans.

Plant and Flowers Photo by Patricia Harding.


Common Name The Pointed Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in rain and cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 1600 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, terete, flexuous, becoming elongate and recumbent with age and giving rise to new erect growth and flowering stems carrying numerous, articulate, narrowly oblong-elliptic, unequally bilobed apically, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the fall on an apical, erect, short, single flowered inflorescence arsing from the short, flowering branches carrying non-resupinate flowers.

The sinuous principal stem, the narrowly oblong-elliptic leaves, the longer than the ovary floral bracts, the single flowered inflorescence, the large flower with attenuate, linear segments, and a concave, triangular lip that is long-acuminate distinguish this species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 40. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 27: 71 Colombia Schlechter 1924 = E dunstervillei; 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; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 969 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo ok; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;