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

Fragrant Part shadeCoolCold EARLIERFall

Common Name The Mt Paragua Epidendrum [refers to an eastern Costa Rican Mountain]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests and pastures at elevations of 1200 to 2000 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphtye with a branching, cane-like, terete stem carrying 6 to 12, all along the main stem, branches smaller, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, bilobed leaves that blooms in the earlier fall on a terminal, without a spathe, arising from the branches, occuring only once, racemose, arcuate, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, distichous, short, laterally compressed, flexuous inflorescence with 1, conduplicate, widely ovate, obtuse, bract and conduplicate, much longer than the ovary, lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying 7 to 9, simultaneously opening, resupinate, nocturnally fragrant, white flowers.

Characterized by the narrowly elliptic leaves on a 8.4 to 9.8" [21 to 24.5 cm] long,principal stem, 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, secondary stem and a 1 to 2.8" [2.5 to 7 cm] long tertiary branches, a racemose inflorescence with non-imbricate floral bracts and 7 to 9 white flowers with acute, mucronate, .12 to .144" [3 to 3.6 mm long sepals, an entire, heart-shaped lip with a truncate base that does not envelop the column, a laminar, tridentate callus and a straight column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 367 Hagsater 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;