Epidendrum haberi Hágsater & L.Sánchez 2006 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Mirabile ,P. Photo by © Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Costa Rican Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website

Part Shade Hot Warm LATESpring EARLY Summer

Common Name or Meaning Haber's Epidendrum [American Orchid Botanist and Collector of Type current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 300 to 900 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with pendent, terete, straight, arising from the intermediate internode of the previous stem, carrying 9 to 10, unequal, all through the apical 1/2, oblong-elliptic to lanceolate, emarginate, mucronate, subcoriaceous leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, occuring only once, distichous, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, short peduncle with a conduplicate, basal, acute, subcoriaceous bract simultaneously 2 flowered inflorescence with prominent, conduplicate, acute, somewhat shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Epidendrum haberi belongs to the GROUP Ramosum which is characterized by the monopodial, branching stems, the distichous inflorescence, and the single callus, and the SUBGROUP Mirabile which has pendent plants, successive stems produced from the middle internode of the previous stem, without any evident main stem. The species is recognized by the short stems, 2-flowered raceme, the white flowers, verrucose ovary, triangular-ovate sepals and oblique, elliptic-dolabriform, many-veined petals, subquadrate lip, and the short column. It has been confused with Epidendrum rafael-lucasii which grows at somewhat higher elevations, flowers mainly in August and September and has a 2 to 4 flowered raceme with greenish yellow, lemon-scented flowers, an unornamented ovary, elliptic sepals, oblanceolate petals, triangular-cordiform lip and a longer column .4" [10 mm] long. Epidendrum cocoense Hágsater from Cocos Island has a 3-flowered raceme with lemon-yellow flowers, long floral bracts, 7-veined sepals, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, 5-veined petals, and an elongate lip with a "Y"shaped callus. Epidendrum jimenezii Hagsater has somewhat laterally flattened stems, ovary slightly ventrally inflated towards the middle, sepals narrowly ligulate-obovate, single veined, petals ligulate, 3-veined, cordiform lip and the callus 'Y"-shaped. Epidendrum mirabile Ames & c. Schweinf. has longer plants and larger, very attractive, purple flowers, the sepals 1.2 to 1.46" [30 to 36 mm] long, ovate-elliptic lip." Hagsater etal 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 840 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 957 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1382 Hagsater & Santiago 2010 See recognition section;