Epidendrum rigidiflorum Schltr. 1923

GROUP Macrostachyum SUBGROUP Aquaticum Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Rigid Flower Epidendrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1300 to 2000 meters as a giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with sparsely branching subapically, cane-like, terete, thick, straight stems enveloped by leafless in the lower 1/3 and leaf bearing sheaths in the upper 2/3's and carrying to 22, articulate, alternate, unequal, lanceolate, acuminate, coriaceous, apical margin denticulate leaves that blooms in the summer through winter on a terminal, erect, racemose, flowering only once, distichous, secund, terete, thin, straight, 4" [10 cm] long, 10 to 19 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, coriaceous, apically gradually shorter floral bracts that are twice as long as the ovary and carrying nocturnally fragrant, simultaneously opening, non-resupinate, secund, fleshy, rigid flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19; 127. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Tercera Parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1174 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide;