Epidendrum ramonianum Schltr. 1923 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Platystigma Drawing by Dodson and The Plant Illustration Webpage

Collection sheet Specimen by Oak-Ames Herbarium and Epidendra Webpage

Fragrant Part shadeWarmCold LATESummer MIDFall

Common Name The San Ramon Epidendrum [A town in Costa Rica]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests and pastures at elevations of 1150 to 2200 meters as a giant sized, warm to cold growing epiphtye with a much branching, cane-like, terete, tall, thick main stem, branches short, producung new branches from the subapical internodes and carrying all along the main stem, deciduous when branched, branches with 2 to 4, aggregate towards the apex, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate to oblong-elliptic, bilobed to retuse leaves that blooms in the summer through mid fall on a terminal, erect, distichous, from the main stem and the branches, arching, short laterally compressed, straight, fractiflex inflorescence with 1 to 2, tubular, acuminate, imbricating bracts and conduplicate, longer than the ovary, non-imbricating, oblong-triangular, acuminate floral bacts and carrying 3 to 6, simultaneously opeing, distichous, very fragrant, white flowers with the lip facing the rachis and a sometimes green lip.

Distinguished by the narrowly oblong-elliptic, bilobed to retuse leaves, a racemose inflorescence carrying white flowers with .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] wide, elliptic-lanceolate, acute sepals, a concave, semi-orbicular, basally truncate lip with a laminar callus, a short column that widens towards the apex, and a strongly arcuate ovary, ,


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 217. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1326 Atwood 1989 drawing ok; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 977 Hagsater 2007 drawing ok;