Epidendrum hellerianum A.D.Hawkes 1966 GROUP Physinga Photo by F. Lozano Useche

TYPE Drawing

Plant on collection sheet probable type TYPE Drawing and Collection by A D Hawkes and The Epidendra Website

Part ShadeHot Warm EARLY Winter

Common Name Heller's Epidendrum [Nicaraguan Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in constant humid rainforests at elevations of sea level to 600 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a simple, slender stem carrying articulate to the sheaths, narrowly linear, acuminate leaves that blooms in the early winter arising from the base of the uppermost leaf, conspicuously fractiflex, filiform, somewhat pendent, 3.6 to 5.2" [9 to 13 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence carrying pendent, spreading, white flowers.

The thin stems, the fractiflex peduncle, the successively opening white flowers with long and narrow tepals, and especially the inflated and transluscent ovary separate this species from others.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 718 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; 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; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide