Epidendrum epidendroides (Garay) Mora-Ret. & García Castro 1990 publ. 1991 GROUP Neowilliamsia Drawing by © Lopez and Hagsater and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Epidendrum-Like Epidendrum [refers to this species similarity to an Epidendrum, as it was originally described in the genus Neowilliamsia]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in wet montane forests at elevations around 900 to 1700 meters as a to small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, simple, cane-like, branching from the basal to intermediate internode of the previous stem, basally terete, ancipitous above, thin stem enveloped basally by tubular, somewhat inflated towards the apex sheaths and carrying 2 to 5, all along the apical half of the stem, subcoriaceous, alternate, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, minutely apiculate, margin entire, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the late spring through early fall on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose to paniculate, erect, ancipitose, zig-zag, two winged, 3.4 to 6.8" [8.5 to 17 cm] long, lax, few flowered inflorescence with a towards the middle, triangular, narrow, acuminate, conduplicate, anciptose, prominent bract and 1/3 or less as long as the ovary, deltoid, acute, conduplicate, ancipitose floral bracts and carrying 7 to 18, simultaneously opening, fleshy, resupinate flowers.

The branching stems have leaves all along the upper third of the stem and the inflorescence is zigzag with the flowers arising from the 2 edges, the tridentate apically petals, the median lobe of the lip is rectangular with a filiform apex and a strongly incurveed ovary distinguish this species.

Synonyms *Neowilliamsia epidendroides Garay 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquídea (Mexico City). 8(1): 3 1981 as Neowilliamsia epidendroides; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Neowilliamsia epidendroides drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 photo fide; Icones Orchidaceaum 9 Plate 932 Hagsater & Salazar 2007 drawing fide;