Epidendrum pfavii Rolfe 1894 GROUP Cristatum SUBGROUP Cnemidophorum Photo by Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Common Name Pfavi's Epidendrum [Swiss Orchid Collector - Central America 1800's]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1700 to 2000 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte, this robust plant has leafy green canes growing up to 4 ft.+, spikes appear terminally on the canes reflowering year after year, spikes carry pendulous 15" heads (and often multiple heads) of densely packed 1 1/2" flowers, the fleshy and velvety blooms are slightly fragrant of perfume hot pink to purple with a purple four-lobed lip and a white callus, summer bloomer with 2 years to go before they are ready but well worth the wait.

Characterized by the many lanceolate leaves, the racemose inflorescence with uniformly magenta colored flowers except the calli and the zone around them that are white

Often cited as a synonym of E cnemidophorum but it differs in the rounded bracts, the dorsally pale pink, inside green yellow with irregular brown to reddish purple spots and the lip and column are magenta rose and white becoming yellow with age.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 42. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 123. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 7 1964 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 11 1980 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide;Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 166 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 391 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 See recognition section; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 PHOTO fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1157 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1322 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section