Epidendrum odontochilum Hágsater 1988 Difforme group Photo by © Bogarin and The Epidendra Website

Part Shade Cool LATE Spring EARLY Winter

Common Name The Toothed Lip Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in evergreen forests at elevations of 1000 to 1700 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, canelike, laterally compressed, flexuous stems carrying 5 to 11, all along the stem, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, subcoriaceous, rounded and bilobed apically, margin entire, spreading, deep green with light green venation leaves that blooms in the late spring through early winter on a terminal, erect, on a mature stem, occuring only once, subcorymbose, sessile, simultaneously 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular-ovate, acute floral bracts.

The laterally compressed stems, the 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence, a sub-orbicular-reniform lip with an erose, dentate margin and indistinctly bilobed apically and the column with acute lateral processes.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 11: 30-31, f. Hagsater 1988 drawing/photo 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; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 968 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide