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Orchid Species: Epidendrum ilense

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Epidendrum ilense is an orchid species identified by Dodson in 1977.
Genus
Epidendrum (Epi.)
Grex
ilense
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
Dodson
Year
1977
ORIGIN: Found as a medium sized, hot growing terrestrial or epiphyte in very wet, tropical forests in central and western Ecuador at elevations of 250 to 700 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Found as a medium sized, hot growing terrestrial or epiphyte in very wet, tropical forests in central and western Ecuador at elevations of 250 to 700 meters with simple, cane-like, laterally compressed, suberect, tall, slender stems enveloped by tubular sheaths and forming keikis in the apical half carrying several pairs [13 to 18] of distichous, all along the stem, alternate, articulate, narrrowly elliptic, acute, minutely apiculate, basally clasping, margin entire leaves that blooms throughout the year on a terminal, pendant, 12 [30 cm] long, few flowered racemose inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying 3 to 7, simultaneously opening flowers produced successively over the years.

FLOWER SIZE: 1 1/4 inch [3.5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Epi. ilense 'Fuzzball' (1995) Epi. ilense 'Lil' (1990)
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