Epidendrum mantis-religiosae Hágsater 1988 GROUP DifformePhotos by © Hagsater and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Praying Mantis Epidendrum [refers to the positioning of the lip which resembles the forelegs of a praying mantis]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Panama in montane rainforest at elevations of 500 to 700 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, somewhat laterally compressed, flexuous stems carrying 5 to 8, all along the stem, subcoriaceous, smooth, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, unequally bilobed, margin entire leaves that blooms in the later winter through later spring on a terminal, occuring only once, sessile inflorescence arising on a mature stem with shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and 1 to 2, resupinate, successive opening flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 11: 27 Hagsater 1988 drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1527 Atwood 1993 drwawing not; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 954 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide;