Epidendrum lankesteri Ames 1923 GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Allenii drawing by Atwood and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part ShadeCool to Cold Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name Lankester's Epidendrum [American in Costa Rica earlier 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1350 to 2400 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, canelike, terete basally, laterally compressed above, erect, straight stems carrying 7 to 9, all along the stem, articulate, alternate, suberect, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, acuminate, margin entire leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a mostly terminal; erect, long pedunculate; occasionally lateral, sessile, erect, ancipitose, two winged, the wings gradually narrower towards the apex; both types pluri-racemose, erect, 4" [10 cm] long, densely successively single flowered [per raceme] 6 to 30 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, ovate-elliptic, rounded, minutely apiculate, conduplicate, imbricating to sub-imbricate, glumaceous, persistent floral bracts.

The large floral bracts, the flowers with a generally cordate lip with an obtuse, emarginate apex with a central apicule separate this species from others. The similar E adnatum has an ovate lip with an acute apex and an inflated ovary.,


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1319 Atwood 1989 Drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum Plate 952 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 Drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;