Epidendrum mora-retanae Hágsater 1993 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Paranense

Plant and Flowers Photos by © J Sebastian Moreno and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Fragrance Full shade Warm Cool MIDWinter Spring

Common Name Mora-Retana's Epidendrum [Costa Rican Director of Lankester Garden]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia [the photos are all in situ from a plant encounted on Mt Farallone Cauca Colombia] in tall evergreen forests at elevations of 600 to 1800 meters as a large to giant sized, warm to cool growing, hanging epiphyte with many branching, main stem and primary branches with longer leaves than the flowering branches which arise from both the main or primary branches all carrying evenly distributed throughout, subcoriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the mid winter through mid spring on a terminal, on the flowering branches, distichus, occuring only once 1.6 to 2.8 [4 to 7 cm] long, peduncle, short with 3 to 5, imbricate, conduplicate bracts, simultaneously 4 to 9 flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary, conduplicate, more or less imbricate floral bracts and carrying sweetly scented flowers.

The large, hanging, branching plants with sub-coriaceous leaves that blooms on racemose inflorescence with 4 to 9 flowers the new flowering stems arise from the primary stem and primary branches, the sub-imbricate floral bracts and the white/cream, fragrant flowers separate this species from others.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 160 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orquideologia 29: 1 Hagsater & Medina 2012 photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 photo drawing/photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;