Epidendrum incomptum Rchb.f. 1853 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Incomptum

Another Color Form Photos by Daniel Jimenez

E aff incomptum Photo by Rodrigo Escobar

Part Shade Warm Cool WinterTHROUGHSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Insignificant Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama amd Colombiaat elevations of 900 to 1600 [2100] meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with stems arising from the middle node of the previous, simple, cane-like, terete stem carrying 2 to 4, in the apical 1/3, articulate, alternate, erect-spreading, oblong-elliptic, acute, subcoriaceous leaves with an entire margin that blooms in the wild from summer through winter and in cultivation in the late winter and spring on a terminal, racemose to rarely paniculate, 1 to 1 1/2" [2.5 to 3.75 cm] long, 5 to 20 flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts that are half the length of the ovary.

Recognized by its green flowers lightly tinged with violet, a trilobed lip and the median lobe as wide as long.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Orchids of Guatemala & Belize Ames & Correll 1952; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Orchids of Panama Williams 1980; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum Epidendrum Part 2 Plate 145 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 #891 as E sp = E aff incomptum Photo ok; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidaceaerum 7 Plate 768 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidaceaerum 8 Plate 804 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidaceaerum 8 Plate 814 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 834 Hagsater 2006 see recognotion section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 844 Hagsater 2006 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 891 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 927 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Part 13 Plate 1386 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Photo fide;