Epidendrum insulanum Schltr.1918 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Flexicaule

Plant and Flowers Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR


Common Name The Insular Epidendrum [refers to it geographic range which is an island]]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found on the Isla de Coco off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in rainforests at elevations around sea level to 300 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with a pendant, branching, successive, flexuous, terete, thin, main stem longer than the branches and carrying mostly towards the apex, linear-elliptic, bilobed leaves with those on the main stem longer than the others that blooms in the winter through summer on a terminal, arising on the branches, sessile, racemose, distichous inflorescence.

The solitary flower with an obtuselip that is rounded at the base with a wide, triangular callus and a blunt keel that runs through the entire lip to form a mucron.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Beih. Bot. Centralbl., Abt. 36(2): 404. 1918; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2006 photo; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 325 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 341 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 948 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide