Epidendrum octomerioides Schltr. 1907 GROUP Polychlamys SUBGROUP Octomerioides

Inflorescence Photo by Bogarin/Pupulin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Octomeria-Like Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica on trees in open fields and in cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 1650 meters as a small to just medium sized, pendant, warm to cool growing epiphyte with distant, erect, cylindrical, slightly compressed canelike stems enveloped completely by scarious sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, apical, erect, linear-ligulate, coriaceous, glabrous, sessile leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, short, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence enveloped by scarious, inflated sheaths

The short, abbreviated inflorescence with a white flower and the strongly nerved sepals and petals distinguish this species from others.

the rhizomatous plants with roots that arise from the base of the stem, carrying 1 to 2, ligulate leaves at the apex, the very short inflorescence, the elliptic floral bracts and the lip triangular-cordate and acute.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 3: 248. 1907; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Icones Planetarum Tropicarm Plate 725 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 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; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2005 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 967 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo hmm;