Epidendrum lancilabium Schltr. 1923 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Rugosum Photo by Leo Rojas and his Flickr Photo Webpage

Part shadeCoolCold Fall

Common Name The Lance Shaped Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in rain forests at elevations of 1000 to 2350 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, terete stems, the erect, strongly flexuous, often reclining with age main stem longer than the upward arching branches carrying about 8 along the main stem, 2 to 3 on the floral branches, erect, semi-terete, sulcate, linear, unequally bilobed leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, racemose, distichous, erect, terete, short, zigzag inflorescence with longer than the ovary, ovate-lanceolate, acute floral bracts and carrying 2, simultaneously opening, non-resupinate flowers.

The short branches, the scarious, imbricate sheaths of the stem, the erect, semi-cylindrical leaves, the purple flowers with a lanceolate, attenuate lip, and a minutely papillose ovary that forms a ninety degree angle with the column distinguish this species.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 33. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 951 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide;

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