Epidendrum pachytepalum Hágsater & E.Santiago 2006 GROUP Oerstedella SUBGROUP Aberrans Photo by © Denis Elizondo Delaru and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part Shade Cold Winter LATE Spring Fall

Common Name The Thick Sepal and Petal Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in high montane oak forests at elevations of 2200 to 3200 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with erect, simple, canelike, terete, thin, straight stems carrying 10 to 15, all along the apical 3/4's of the stem, alternate, subcoriaceous, lanceolate, acuminate, smooth, margin entire leaves that blooms in the winter, later spring and fall on a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, all the flowers above the rachis, peduncle, short, thin, terete, provided with one basal, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate bract, lax, secund, 3.2 to 5" [8 to 12.5 cm] long, successively 3 to 27, 5 to 34 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 865 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;