Epidendrum phyllocharis Rchb.f. 1878 GROUP Alberti SUBGROUP Alberti Photo by Barboza, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Drawing Drawing by F. A. Brockhaus and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade WarmCool LATE Spring LATERWinter

Common Name The Beautiful Leaved Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in wet forests at elevations of 650 to 1850 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, erect, basally terete, laterally compressed, ancipitous above, erect, straight stems carrying numerous, all along the stem, alternate, coriaceous, margin entire, dorsally tinged purple, narrowly elliptic, to oblong-lanceolate, rounded narrowly bilobed, articulate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the late spring through later winter on a terminal and several lateral, arising on the upper half of the stem, racemose, short, compact, few flowered inflorescence arising with a single or 2, at the apex of the peduncle, narrowly ovate, rounded , tubular basally, conduplicate above, ancipitous bracts, similar to the floral bracts and carrying a single flower open at one time.

Characterized by the laterally compressed towards the apex stems carrying elliptic-lanceolate leaves, an apical or lateral inflorescence, a short peduncle with a oblong-lanceolate bract in the upper half, with shorter than the ovary floral bracts, linear petals that widen towards the apex, and a sub-pentagonal to sub-circular lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 Photo ok; 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 Orchidacearum 9 Plate 973 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing hmm;