Epidendrum palmidium Hágsater 1999 GROUP Spathiger SUBGROUP Coriifolium Drawing © by Jimenez & Hagsater The Epidendra Website

NOCTURNALFragrant Part shade Cool LATESpring THROUGH EARLYFall

Common Name The Small Epidendrum Palmense Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in wet forests at elevations of 1600 to 1800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, erect, laterally compressed near the apex stems and carrying 2 to 4, all along the apical half of the stem, distichous, subcoriaceous, narrowly oblong, unequally bilobed, margin entire, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the later spring through early fall on a terminal, simple, racemose, occuring only once, distichous, erect, flexuous, laterally compressed, ancipitose, 3.6 to 7.2" [9 to 18 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence arising on a mature growth, with 1 to 5, bracts the same as the longer than the ovary, acuminate, conduplicate, arched inward floral bracts and carrying 4 to 7, simultaneously opening, non-resupinate, secund, nocturnally sweet, grease-like fragrant, green somewhat tinged purple flowers with the column and the keel of the lip green.

Known for its relatively narrow, short leaves with acuminate floral bracts that are as long as the flowers and a reniform, profundly heart-shaped basally lip with an emarginate apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 364 Hagsater & Salazar 1999 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;