Epidendrum octomerioides Schltr. 1907 GROUP Polychlamys SUBGROUP Octomerioides

Inflorescence Photo by Bogarin/Pupulin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Octomeria-Like Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica on trees in open fields and in cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 1650 meters as a small to just medium sized, pendant, warm to cool growing epiphyte with distant, erect, cylindrical, slightly compressed canelike stems enveloped completely by scarious sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, apical, erect, linear-ligulate, coriaceous, glabrous, sessile leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, short, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence enveloped by scarious, inflated sheaths

The short, abbreviated inflorescence with a white flower and the strongly nerved sepals and petals distinguish this species from others.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 3: 248. 1907; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Icones Planetarum Tropicarm Plate 725 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 967 Hagsater 2007 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide;