Epidendrum talamancanum (J.T.Atwood) Mora-Ret. & García Castro 1990 publ. 1991GROUP Epidanthus Photo by © Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Drawing Drawing by © Atwood and The Epidendra Website

Part sunWarm Cold LATERWinter THROUGH EARLIERfall

Common Name The Talamanca Epidendrum [A cordillera of mountains in Costa Rica and Panama]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 750 to 2100 meters as a warm to cold growing epiphyte or rarely terrestrial with simple, produced from the basal nodes of the previous stem, cane-like, terete, thin, erect, straight stems carrying 6 to 14, all along the stem, alternate, more or less fleshy, commonly erect-spreading, deciduous basally, linear to linear-lanceolate, subacute, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the mid winter through earlier fall on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, distichous, secund, fractiflex rachis, lax, successively, 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence with a bract in the middle, similar to the shorter than the ovary, ovate-triangular, acute floral bract.

Recognized by the relatively large plants and leaves, the large, white to cream colored flowers with narrowly triangular lateral lobes of the lip.

Synonyms *Epidanthus talamancana J.T.Atwood 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1315 Atwood 1989 as Epidanthus talamancana drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Epidanthus talmancana; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 995 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide;