Epidendrum tetraceros Rchb. f. 1852 GROUP Oerstedella

Photo by © Eric Hunt, plant grown by Andys Orchids

Plant in situ in Costa Rica

Photo by © Walter Schug and His MesoAmerican Orchid Page


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


Common Name The Four Waxy-Horned Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in wet montane forests on cliffs as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing lithophyte at elevations of 1800 to 2400 meters with erect, thin, warty canes up to 3 ft. [90 cm] long, with short apical branches on mature canes carrying in the apical 1/2, narrow 2" leaves, producing new basal growths as well as many branching keikis which also flower. The 10 to 19 flowers appear simultaneously in each cluster arising at the tips of all the canes, with long-lasting, very beautiful, 1" {2.5 cm], flowers occuring in the summer.

Synonyms Oerstedella tetraceros (Rchb. f.) Hágsater 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Oerstedella tetraceros; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Oerstedella tetraceros; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Oerstedella tetraceros; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Oerstedella tetraceros; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 893 Hagsater 2006 only the drawing fide text not = E atypicum; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide