Epidendrum trianthum Schltr. 1923 Group Loefgrenii SUBGROUP Excisum Photo by Moises Behar and Orchidstudium Website

Plant in Situ Photo by Carol Peroni and Flickriver Orchid Website

Part shade CoolFallSpring

Common Name The Three Flowered Epidendrum [Schlechter only had a three flowered specimen to examine]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica in montane wet forests at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with erect, simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, stems enveloped completely by imbricate leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 3 to 11, all along the stem, somewhat spreading, articulate, distichous, elliptic to lanceolate-elliptic, conduplicate below, obtuse to subacute apically, narrowly bilobed, subcoriaceous, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall through spring on a terminal, erect, racemose, sub-umbellate, dense, short, laterally compressed, ancipitose, two-winged, 3 to 24 flowered inflorescence arising through spathaceous bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate, fleshy flowers.

Recogniozed by the ancipitous stems, the sub-umbelliform inflroescence arising through an ovate-triangular spathe carrying flowers with green tepals tinted with purple dorsally and a winged ovfary with the wings marginally dentate.

Synonyms Epidendrum nagelii L.O.Williams 941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 296. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum nagelii drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as E nagelii drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1191 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;