Epidendrum microcardium Schltr.1923 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Rugosum Photo by Bogarin and Epidendra Webpage

Part shadeCoolCold WinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Small Heart Shaped Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/4" [8 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in rain and cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 2400 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, terete stems, the main longer than the branches and carrying about 12 along the main stem, 2 to 3 aggregate towards the apex of the branches, all narrowly oblong-elliptic, unequally bilobed leaves that blooms at any time of the year on a terminal, racemose, distichous, secund, straight, subsessile, short inflorescence arising on both the stem and the branches with shorter than the ovary, triangular, oblong, acute floral bracts and carrying 3 to 10, simultaneously opening, non-resupinate, secund flowers.

the sinuous, principal stem, the narrowly oblong-ellipitc leaves, the shorter than the ovary, non-imbricate floral bracts, the separate flowers with a concave, ovate-cordate lip witha thickened margin that forms a cavity distinguishes this species from others.

Synonyms Epidendrum sanchoi var. exasperatum Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 33. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 120. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 Epidendrum sanchoi var. exasperatum; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as E sanchoi var exasperatum; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 as E sanchoi var exasperatum; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1142 Hagsater 2008 drawing fide;