Epidendrum flexicaule Schltr. 1918 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Flexicaule Photos by © Eric Hagsater and The Herbario AMO Website

TYPE Drawing Type Drawing by © Schlechter and The Epidendra Website

FragrancePart ShadeWarm Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning Flexuous Stem Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica on the Pacific slope in rain and cloud forests at elevations around 750 to 1800 meters as small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with creeping, branching, successive, cane-like, flexuous, terete stems carrying numerous, all along the stem, linear-elliptic, bilobed leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, arising on the main stem and the secondary stem, racemose, distichous, .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long including the very short peduncle, laxly, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with slightly shorter to longer than the ovary, conduplicate, ovate floral bracts and carrying nocturnally scented, green becoming orange brown with age, flowers that have the lip always facing the rachis.

Recognized by the linear-elliptic, 3.28" x .32" [8.2 x .08cm] long, leaves that blooms with green flowers that turn brown to orange and are sweetly fragrant, the sepals are .36" to .48" [.9 to 1.2 cm] long, the petals are progressively expanding towards the rounded apex, and the lip is extendeed and widely ovate-cordiform witha rounded apex but it is medianally constricted.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 212. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Orquídea (Méx.) 12(2) 1992. photo/drawing fide Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1523 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1123 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide