Epidendrum crescentilobum Ames 1923 GROUP Oerstedella SUBGROUP Aberrans Drawing by © Ames and The Epidendra Website


Common Name or Meaning The Crescent Lobed Epidendrum [refers to the crescent shaped midlobe of the lip]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1300 to 2900 meters as a small to giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a simple, cane-like, terete, thin, erect, straight stem that generally produces keikis on robust stems carrying 6 to 15, throughout the apical 2/3's, alternate, articulate, spreading, lower ones deciduous, oblong-lanceolate, acute, subcoriaceous leaves that blooms in the fall through early spring on a terminal, occuring only once, slightly arching to horizontal, terete, thin, straight, slightly muricate, 2.4 to 6" [6 to 15 cm] long including the .8 to 2.4" [2 to 6 cm] long peduncle, racemose to rarely paniculate, generally secund, densely 10 to 70 flowered inflorescence occasionally with 1 to 2, linear-lanceolate, acuminate bracts and shorter than the ovary, linear triangular, acuminate, gradually shorter floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers with the tepals being pink-purple while the li pis white with a deep yellow callus .

Synonyms Oerstedella crescentiloba (Ames) Hágsater 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum crescentilobum; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Epidendrum crescentilabium; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Oerstedella crescentiloba; Icones Orchidacearum 8 plate 821 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 drawing fide;