Epidendrum lagenocolumna Hágsater & L.Sánchez 1993 GROUP Difforme Photo by © Adam Karremans


Common Name or Meaning The Flask Shaped Column Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in humid montane forests at elevations of 400 to 2500 meters as a miniature to medium sized, hot to cold growing epiphyte with reed-like, terete, somewhat flexuous, simple stems carrying 4 to 15, all along the stem, narrowly elliptic, unequally bilobed apically, subcoriaceous, entire margin leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on a terminal, occuring only once, subumbellate, sessile, 4 to 8 flowered inflorescence with simultaneously opening, resupinate, sweetly nocturnally fragrant flowers.

Part of the E difforme group and characterized by the large elliptic leaves, the 3 lobed lip with 2 subovate, rounded calli, the semi-orbicular lateral lobes, the subquadrangular, retuse midlobe and the basally inflated column with an unusually wide necatary.

Closest relative is E firmum but it has a smaller size, with narrow elliptic to lanceolate leaves, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence, semiovate lateral lobes of the lip, divergent, acute calli, a fimbriate clinandrium and the base of the column is not inflated.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 142 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 150 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 386 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; 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 889 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 937 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;