Epidendrum hameri Hágsater & L.Sánchez 1993 GROUP Difforme TYPE Drawing by © JImenez & Hagsater and Epidendra Website

Common Name Hamer's Epidendrum [German Orchid Specialist in El Salvador later 1900's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica at elevations of 950 to 1150 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a simple, reed-like, laterally compressed, straight stem carrying 4 to 9, all along the stem, the lower ones elliptic and spaced apart, the upper ones ovate and imbricating, both bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, sessile, occuring only once, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying resupinate, simulataneously opening, resupinate, very pale yellow green, transluscent flowers.

Known for its imbricate superior leaves, an inflorescence with 1 to 4 small flowers with linear-spathulate petals, a trilobed lip with the lateral lobes dolabriform, crenate and the median lobe is short and emarginate and forms 2 round lobules.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 142 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;