Epidendrum monophlebium Hágsater 1999 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Rugosum TYPE Drawing by © Hagsater and Sanchez and The Epidendra Website

Full shade CoolFall

Common Name The Single Veined Epidendrum [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in forest remnants in pastures at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with branching, canelike, terete, flexuous, secondary stems carrying all along the stems, coriaceous, narrowly oblong, bilobed, those of the main stem twice the size of the secondary and tertiary stem leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, from any of the ramifications, racemose, distichous, peduncle short, rachis flexuous, .4 to .72" [1 to 1.8 cm] long, lax, simultaneously 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence with oblong-triangular, oblique, conduplicate bracts and longer than the ovary, acuminate, 3 nerved floral bracts and carrying pale green flowers that always have their lip facing the rachis.

Very close to E sanchoi but E monophlebium has a truncate base to the lip and 1 nerved petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 358 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;