Epidendrum phragmites A.H.Heller & L.O.Williams 1968 GROUP Pleuranthium SUBGROUP Phragmites Photo by Sune Holt and Flicker Orchid Photo Website

Part Shade Cool LATE WinterEARLYSpring

Common Name The Close Connection Epidendrum [refers to the close set cane-like stems]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia? in wet rainforests at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, erect, slightly flattened, straight stems carrying numerous, all along the stem, seasonally deciduous, fleshy, spreading, ovate-elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, obtuse, bilobed, coriaceous, darker green and lustrous above, articulate leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on many lateral, arising from the base of the leaf sheaths, subsessile, very short inflorescence carrying 1 to 2, simultaneously opening flowers with the lip always facing the rachis flowers.

Characterized by the simple stems carrying narrow, coriaceous leaves that blooms on lateral, sessile, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence arising from the nodes and carrying flowers witha very large clinanrium and an inflated nectary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 758 Hamer 1982 drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; -orbicular lobules Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1158 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;