Epidendrum montis-narae Pupulin & L.Sánchez 2001 GROUP Difforme Photo by © Franco Pupulin.

FragrancePart Shade Hot Cool Spring

Common Name The Mount Nara Epidendrum [A mountain in Costa Rica]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations around 85 to 1100 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to just cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, slightly laterally compressed, slightly flexuous stem carrying 4 to 8, throughout the stem, erect, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, unequally bilobed, subcoriaceous leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, flowering only once, sessile, subcorymbose inflorescence with 5 to 7, simultaneous, resupinate, nocturnally fruity fragrant flowers.

Known by its laterally compressed stems carrying 4 to 8, ellliptic to elliptic-ovate leaves and flowers with the median lobe of the lip that forms 2 small lobules with a somewhat deep mucro and are somewhat erect in aspect to the stem leaves that are less that 1.6" [4 cm] long, and a short, erect clinandrium.

Synonyms Epidendrum concavilabium C.Schweinf. 1937

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Lankesteriana 1:7. 2001; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 960 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide