Epidendrum stevensii Hágsater 1992 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Flexicaule Photo by © Hagsater and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Stevens' Epidendrum [American Botanist and Research Director of Missouri Botanical Garden current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 2600 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, sinuous, terete, main stem longer, branches shorter, new growth arising from the main stem and near the apex of the previous stem leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on a terminal, arising on the main stem and the branches, occuring only once, racemose, distichous, sinuous, rachis enveloped mostly by bracts, smooth, short, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with conduplicate, prominent, longer than the ovary, ovate when spread, acute floral bracts.

The linear-elliptic, 4" x .28" [10 x .07 cm] leaves, the green flowers with .24 to .32" [6 to 8 mm] long, sepals, the triangular, clearly heart-shaped basally, that narrows up the middle, acute apically lip that lightly embraces the column distinguishes this species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 12(2): 284 Hagsater 1992 drawing/photo fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1183 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;