Epidendrum sancti-ramoni Kraenzl. 1929 GROUP Epidnathus Photo by Byron Rinke


Common Name The San Ramon Epidendrum [Town in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 800 to 2000 [2500] meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender stems enveloped by sulcate leaf sheaths and carrying to 12 or so, acicular leaves and blooms in the spring through fall on a terminal, moderately zig-zag, racemose, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, to 12 successively flowered inflorescence with a broadly sublate, funnel-form floral bract that is shorter than the pedicel.

Said to be a synonym of E paranthicum by several references including Kew, but I have left them separate for now, even though they do appear to be quite similar, as Costa Rican authorities separate them.

Distinguished from others by the relatively small stems and leaves, the basal leaves tend to be deciduous, white to cream colored flowers with a yellow green lip. E paranthicum is only found from Mexico to Nicaragua


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1530 Atwood/Mora 1993 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide;