Epidendrum thurstoniorum Hágsater 1999 GROUP Difforme Photo by © Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawwing Drawing by © Jimenez & Hagsater and The Epidendra WebSite

Common Name The Thurstons' Epidendrum [American Couple, Orchid Enthuisiasts and Collectors of species]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in humid montane and cloud forests at elevations of 1400 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, slightly flexuous stems and carrying 4 to 8, all along the stem, elliptic, irregularly bilobed apically leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, sub-sessile, corymbose, .6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, simultaneously 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying resupinate, green flowers.

Recognized by the laterally compressed stems carrying 4 to 8, elliptic leaves that are less than 1.6" [4 cm] long, and flowers with a column that is not basally inflated and a prominently fimbriate clinadrium.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 386 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;