Epidendrum paradisicola Hágsater & García-Cruz 1999 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Flexicaule TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and Hagsater and The Epidendra Webpage

Part shadeCool MID Winter

Common Name The Canton Paraiso Epidendrum [refers to the location where the type species was collected]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Panama in tropical rainforests at elevations of 1300 to 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, repent epiphtye with a branching, cane-like, terete, flexuous stem that is longer than the branches, and carrying throughout the stems, subcoriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, apically bilobed, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the mid winter on a terminal, without a spathe, short, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with a basal, ovate, obtuse bract and ovate-oblong, obtuse, conduplicate, slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying distichous, green flowers.

Known for its scandent, branching habit, the principal stem has short, lateral branches, small narrrow leaves and 2 to 3 green flowers with .26 to .3" [6.5 to 7 mm] long sepals and a cordiform lip with a "Y" shaped callus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1195 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing ok;