Epidendrum piliferum Rchb.f. 1877 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum

Inflorescence

Plant and Inflorescence Photos by © Gil Jy

Flower and plant in situ Panama Photo by Wilfried Löderbusch

Part sun Warm to CoolMOSTLY Spring

Common Name The Prolific Epidendrum [refers to the many flowers]

Flower Size about 1" [about 2.5 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with a simple, cane-like, terete, erect, straight stem carrying up to 23, all along the apical 2/3's of the stem, alternate, clearly marked veins, elliptic, acute, entire margined leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, occuring only once, thin, laterally compressed, paniculate, arising-nodding, densely many flowered inflorescence with 1 to 3, prominent, tubular, acuminate bracts and variable in size, narrowly triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying 60 to 400, simultaneously opening, non-fragrant flowers.

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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: 124. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 216. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Icones Orchidacearum Epidendrum Part 3 Plate 334 Hagsater 1993; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1112 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1133 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1160 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1185 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;

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