Isochilus chiriquensis Schlechter 1922

Photo by Eric

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name or Meaning Amparo de Celedon's Isochilus [Costa Rican Orchid Enthusiast early 1900's]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found from southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in coffee plantations to closed forests to wet montane forests at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte on rocks with arching to pendant, slender stems enveloped basally by several tubular sheaths and carrying in the upper half, erect-patent, sessile, narrowly linear, obtuse, basally clasping leaves with smooth leaf sheaths and blooms in the fall on a terminal, sessile, secund, densely several to many flowered [10 to 20] inflorescence with foliaceous floral bracts.

Synonyms Isochilus amparoanus Schltr. 1923; Isochilus major var amparoanus [Schlechter] Correll 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 25. Panama Schlechter 1922; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 27. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as I amparoanum; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as I amparoanum drawing/photo ok; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as I amparoanum drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 783 Dodson 1982 as I amparoanum drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as I amparoanum drawing good; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as I amparoanum; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 1 2006 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; ; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 as I amparoanus photo fide;