Encyclia ceratistes (Lindl.) Schltr. 1919

Photos by Walter Schug

Flower Closeup

Photos by Daniel Jimenez

Another Flower

An All Green Variety

Photos by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Horned-Columned Encyclia - In Costa Rica "Lluvia Verde" Green rain [refers to the color of the flowers] or "Lluvia de Miel" Honey Rain [refers to their scent]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama as well as Colombia and Venezuela at elevations of 330 to 1600 meters within very wet oak forests or mixed hardwoods as a large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with pyric or conic, wrinkled pseudobulbs subtended by basal bracts that become papery with age and carrying 1 to 4, linear to oblanceolate, fleshy leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on an apical, 2' to 5' [60 to 150 cm] long, suberect or pendant, many flowered, heavily paniculate inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb.

Synonyms Encyclia oncidioides var. ramonense (Rchb. f.) Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1952; Encyclia ramonensis (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918; *Epidendrum ceratistes Lindl. 1844; Epidendrum oncidioides var. ramonense (Rchb. f.) Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1935; Epidendrum ramonense Rchb. f. 1866;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Epidendrum cerastes; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Epidendrum cerastes; Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer.: 81. 1866 as Epidendrum ramonesis; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 74 Schlechter 1919; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 253 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 131. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Encyclia ramonensis; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum oncidioides var ramonense; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Epidendrum oncidioides var ramonense; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Epidendrum oncidioides var ramonense; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as Epidendrum ceratistes drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 34 #8 1970 as Epidendrum ceratistes drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum ceratistes drawing fide/photo ok; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & Pollard 1974 photo/drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Epidendrum ceratistes drawing fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Epidendrum ceratistes drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 685 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1423 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Panama Dressler 1993; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Catteyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orchids of French Guiana Szatchetko, Veyret etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal 2014 drawing/photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Lankesteriana 19(1). 31 - 55 2019 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide