Epidendrum pallens Rchb.f. 1866 GROUP Bracteosum SUBGROUP Pallens Photo by Denis Elizondo Delaru and his Flickr Photo Website.

DrawingDrawing by Atwood and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbarium Website

Part Shade Cool Cold Winter LATE Spring THROUGH LATE Summer

Common Name The Pale Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in montane forests at elevations of 1400 to 3400 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or rarely terrestrial with erect, simple, canelike, laterally cmpressed, ancipitose, thin at the base, thickening towards the apex, slightly arching stems enveloped almost completely by scarious, non-foliaceous, ancipitose, slightly inflated towards the apex sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, aggregate at the apex of the stem, articulate, alternate, ascending, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate to oblong elliptic, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the later spring through the late summer on a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, alternate, arching, peduncle, thin, ancipitose, straight, with one to 2, scarious, tubular, acute bracts, lax, 3.6 to 8" [9 to 20 cm] long, simultaneously 2 to 6 flowered, inflorescence with prominent, longer than the ovary, tubular at the base, acute, amplexicaul floral bracts.

This sp[ecies is recognized by the 14" [36 cm] tall plants carrying 1 to 2 leaves at the apex of the stem, carrying green to cinnamon brown flowers with free segments and .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, acute petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 122. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1322 Atwood 1989 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1153 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo ok;