Epidendrum hunterianum Schltr. 1922 GROUP Difforme

Plant and Flowers in situ Costa Rica Photos by La Selva Digital Flora Website


Common Name Hunter's Epidendrum [Costa Rican Postmaster and Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in lowland, montane rainforest and cloud forests at elevations of 10 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, ancipitose stems carrying 5 to 8, all along the stem, coriaceous, elliptic to ovate, retuse, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late winter through late fall on a terminal, occuring only once, sessile inflorescence arising on a mature stem with shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and 4 to 6, resupinate, simultaneously opening flowers.

Known for its 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence with green flowers with a sub-orbicular, heart-shaped lip that is apiculate at the apex, the column with the prominences lightly apically erose and the triquetrous ovary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 33. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1318 Atwood 1989 drawing ok; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo 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; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 842 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;