Epidendrum platystigma Rchb.f. 1866 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP PlatystigmaPhoto by Melania Munoz and The Bosque de Paz Biological Preserve Webpage

Collection sheet Specimen by Field Museum Webpage

Fragrant Part shadeCoolCold Summer MIDFall

Common Name The Very Wide Bracted Epidendrum [refers to the floral bracts on the short inflorescence]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests and pastures at elevations of 1400 to 3150 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphtye with a branching, cane-like, terete, tall, thick main stem, the secondary stem and flowering branches short, thinner, producung new branches from the subapical internodes of the previous branch and carrying 6 to 12, all along the main stem, branches with 2 to 4, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, unequally bilobed leaves that blooms in the summer through earlier fall on a terminal, racemose, erect, distichous, short, laterally compressed, fractiflex inflorescence with 1 to 2, tubular, acuminate, imbricating bracts and conduplicate, much longer than the ovary, oblong-triangular, acuminate floral bacts and carrying 3 to 9, simultaneously opening, distichous, fragrant [jasmine] flowers with the lip facing the rachis.

Characterized by the narrowly lanceolate to oblong-elliptic, bilobed to retuse leaves that blooms on a racemose, inflorescence with white flowers, lanceolate, acute sepals that are .12 to .2" [3 to 5 mm] wide, a concave, sub-triangular, basally truncate lip with a laminar, tridentate callus, a straight, short column widening towards the apex, a clinandrium that slightly surpasses the apex of the column and a straight ovary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1324 Atwood 1989 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 975 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide;