Epidendrum paucifolium Schltr. 1907 GROUP Bracteosum SUBGROUP Pallens Photo by Eric Hagsater

Common Name The Few Leafed Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in montane forests at elevations of 2000 to 3485 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, ancipitose, thin basally, slightly thicker apically stems carrying 1 to 2, at the apex of the stem, articulate, alternate ascending, oblong-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute, coriaceous, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall through spring on a terminal, flowering only once, racemose, thin, ancipitose, suberect to slightly arching, lax, few flowered inflorescence enveloped almost completely by 2 tubular, acute, scarious, bracts and longer than the ovary, tubular at the base, acute, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying 3 to 4, simultaneous, resupinate flowers.

The miniature sized plants with 1 to 2 apical leaves on the stems, the intense purple flowers with free segments, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, obtuse, rounded petals distinguish this species from others.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 972 Hagsater 2007 drawing ok; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1155 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide;