Epidendrum rafael-lucasii Hágsater 1993 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Mirabile

Inflorescence Photo by © Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR


Common Name Rafael Lucas' Epidendrum [Costa Rican Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in lower montane rainforests at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters as a small sized, pendant, warm growing epiphyte with stems arising from the internodes in the middle of the preceding stem and carrying evenly distributed, elliptic to lanceolate, emarginate, mucronate leaves that blooms in the late spring through fall on a terminal, occurring only once, short, distichous, zigzag, successively or not, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence with prominent, conduplicate, almost as long as the ovary, brown spotted, floral bracts and carrying diurnal weakly scented flowers of lemon.

Recognized by the new stems arising from the middle of the previous stem, a racemose, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence carrying yellow green flowers. Similar to E mirable but it has larger plants carrying 2 flowers that are purple in color.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 179 Hagsater 1993 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 325 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 359 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; 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 8 Plate 840 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 957 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1327 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section;