Epidendrum notabile Schltr. 1923 GROUP Alberti SUBBGROUP Alberti Photo by Adam Karremans and The Epidendra Website

Fragrance Part Shade Cool Cold WinterSpringSummer Fall

Common Name The Noteworthy Epidendrum [refers to the apical and lateral inflorescence and that the author could not place the species within the genus]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in pre montane, montane and cloud forests at elevations of 1400 to 2200 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect, straight, simple, cane-like, terete at the base laterally compressed above, ancipitous towards the apex stem that occasionally forms keikis on older lateral inflorescence and carrying numerous, all along the stem, alternate, articulate, generally deciduous towards the base, unequal in size, subcoriaceous, elliptic to narrowly elliptic, acuminate, margin entire, spreading leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal and lateral, racemose, peduncle short, totally enveloped by imbricating bracts the base, .4 to 2.2" [1 to 5.5 cm] long, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with much shorter to longer than the ovary, narrowly triangular, acuminate, conduplicate floral bracts and carrying cucumber scented flowers.

Recognized by its branching stems, short peduncle, apical or lateral inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, acuminate floral bracts and greenish white, to cream colored flowers with the petal margin minutely ciliate-denticulate towards the apex, and the lip is sub-quadrate and slightly pandurate with the margin minutely ciliate-serrulate.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 121. 1923; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; 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; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 965 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide