Epidendrum trialatum Hágsater 1984 SUBGROUP Difforme

Inflorescence Photos by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website


Common Name The Three Winged Epidendrum

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica in rain and semi-deciduous forests at elevations of 50 to 1000 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a short, simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, slightly flexous stem enveloped by , elongate, acuminate, loose, scarious sheaths and carrying 4 to 11, coriaceous, all along the stem, narrowly elliptic to ligulate, obtuse to retuse, conduplicate and basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall through spring on a sub-umbellate, nearly sessile, several flowered, 1" [2.5 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising through an apical spathe and carrying nocturnally very fragrant flowers.

Characterized by the greensuh white, very fragrant flowers with a very prominent, fimbriate clinandrium that with the column appear to have wings.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ORQUIDEA (Méx.) 9(2): Hagsater 356 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1317 Atwood 1989 see notes; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1328 Atwood 1989 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1189 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide