Coilostylis parkinsoniana [Hkr.] Withner & Harding 2004 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo by Diederick Antoni Copyright

Common Name Parkinson's Coilostylis [English Consul in Mexico and Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size to more than 6" [to more than 15 cm]

This large sized, cool to cold, pendant growing, epiphytic species is found in Jalisco, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, Vera Cruz, and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in oak-pine cloud forests at elevations of 1000 to 2300 meters with cylindrical, curved, 3" [7.5 cm] long pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few scarious, tubular bracts carrying a single apical, pendulous, fleshy, narrowly lanceolate, entirely folded leaf. The apical, 2" [5 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arises from within the base of the folded leaf with 1 to 3, large, longlasting, simultaneously opening, fragrant [citrus] flowers arising from a newly forming pseudobulb and may occur at various times of the year.

Synonyms Brassavola pescatorii hort. ex Rchb. f. 1892; Epidendrum aliofolium Bateman not L. 1840; Epidendrum falcatum Lindley var zeledoniae Schlechter 1923; Epidendrum parkinsonianum Hooker 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Mexico and Guatemala Bateman 1843 as Epidendrum aloifolium drawing fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Epidendrum falcatum drawing fide; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum parkinsonianum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum parkinsonianum; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum parkinsonianum drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 37 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 as Epidendrum parkinsonianum drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 as Epidendrum parkinsonianum photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 727 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as epidendrum parkinsonianum photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1528 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Epidendrum parkinsonianum; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; *The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, the Debateable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Part 13 Plate 1368 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Epidendrum parkinsonianum photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 as Epidendrum parkinsonianum photo fide


~Coilostylis parkinsonianum Hkr. var. falcatum (Lindl.) Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1935 - See Coilostylis parkinsoniana [Hkr.] Withner & Harding 2004Photo courtesy of Jeff Aguillon

Differs from the typical form in it's markedly smaller flowers and wider later lobes of the lip.