Epidendrum pergameneum Rchb.f. 1866 GROUP Anceps SUBGROUP Polyanthum Photo by Bogarin and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Parchment Like Epidendrum [refers to the leaves appearance]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in cloudforests at elevations around 1700 to 2600 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, straight stems carrying 7 to 16, distichous, all along the stem, subcoriaceous, spreading, evidently veined, lanceolate-elliptic, short-acuminate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the fall through mid spring on a terminal and lateral, compound racemose, producing new racemes from the nodes of the primary inflorescence over the years, short, terete, smooth, many flowered inflorescence with 2 to 4, imbricating, tubular, oblong-triangular, acute bracts and with much shorter than the ovary, ovate-triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying 15 to 20 per raceme, simultaneoulsy opening, resupinate flowers.

Characterized by the lateally compressed stems, the longitudinally veined leaves, the apical or lateral, racemose inflorescence with the tepals less than .36" [9mm], the lateral lobes of the lip emarginate, that form 2 semi-orbicular lobules with evident venation, and the median lobe of the lip oblong rectangular with an emarginate apex that forms 2 semi-orbicular lobules


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 123. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidaceaum 11 Plate 1156 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo good;