Epidendrum ilense Dodson 1977 GROUP Jatunsachuanum Photo by Richard Ashby and hisOrchid Photo Website.

Common Name The Ila Epidendrum [Mountains in Ecuador]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.5 cm]

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.

The fact that this species has clusters of white, softly fragrant flowers, with a long fringe on the lip, along the stem arising from previous years inflorescence as well as at the apex distinguishes it from others. Leave old spikes be until dead and brown as they can rebloom for several years from a node above the old rachis.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 081 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 9 1981 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 7 1985 photo; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 11 1997 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1341 Hagsater 2010 drawing fide

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