Epidendrum santaclarense Ames 1923 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Mirabile

Inflorescence Photos by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photo Webpage


Collection Sheet

Detail Of Inflorescence Specimen by The Epidendra Webpage

Fragrance Part shadeWarm Cold Spring Summer

Common Name The Santa Clara Epidendrum [A Town in Costa Rica]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Chiapas Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 900 to 2600 meters as a giant sized, warm to cold growing, hanging epiphtye with a pendent, somewhat branching, cane-like, terete stem producing 1 to 2 new stems from the middle internode, carrying 9 to 12, all along the main and secondary and tertiary stems, all sub-coriaceous, smooth, unequally sized, oblong-ligulate, obtuse to bilobed, entire marginally leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, open distichous, 2.4 to 3.2 " [6 to 8 cm] long inflorescence with 2, imbricating, tubular, obtuse bracts and not imbricating, as long as or slightly shorter than the ovary, ovate, rounded floral bacts and carrying 6 to 10, simultaneously opening, resupinate, fragrant flowers.

Recognized by the large, hanging, branching plants with sub-coriaceous leaves, a racemose, 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence arising on the flowering branches, tubular, non-imbricate, the same size as the ovary floral bracts and carrying fragrant, greenish yellow to green flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 735 Hamer 1982 drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropoicarum Plate 1327 Atwood 1989 drawing ok; 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; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1382 Hagsater & Sanchez 2010 drawing ok; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017;