Epidendrum lilijae Foldats 1968 GROUP Pleuranthium SUBGROUP Phragmites Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name Lilija's Epidendrum [Colombian Orchid Collector early 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1100 to 1800 meters as a large to giant sized, cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial with laterally branched, each branch simple, erect stems enveloped by close, truncate, tubular sheaths and carrying in the upper 2/3's, relatively thin, distichous, linear-lancelate, longly attenuate-acuminate, cuneate below and articulate to the sheath leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on lateral, all along the stem below the leaves, short, 1/2" to .6" [1.25 cm to 1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped by 3 to 4 subcoriaceous, rounded apically bracts and carrying green to greenish white flowers without a scent.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela, Vol XV Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] plate 1534 Hagsater & Santiago 2015 drawing fide;