Epidendrum pallens Rchb.f. 1866 GROUP Bracteosum SUBGROUP Pallens Photo by Denis Elizondo Delaru and his Flickr Photo Website.

DrawingDrawing by Atwood and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbarium Website

Part Shade Cool Cold Winter LATE Spring THROUGH LATE Summer

Common Name The Pale Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in montane forests at elevations of 1400 to 3400 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or rarely terrestrial with erect, simple, canelike, laterally cmpressed, ancipitose, thin at the base, thickening towards the apex, slightly arching stems enveloped almost completely by scarious, non-foliaceous, ancipitose, slightly inflated towards the apex sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, aggregate at the apex of the stem, articulate, alternate, ascending, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate to oblong elliptic, acute, margin entire leaves that blooms in the later spring through the late summer on a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, alternate, arching, peduncle, thin, ancipitose, straight, with one to 2, scarious, tubular, acute bracts, lax, 3.6 to 8" [9 to 20 cm] long, simultaneously 2 to 6 flowered, inflorescence with prominent, longer than the ovary, tubular at the base, acute, amplexicaul floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1322 Atwood 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1153 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide;