!Isochilus linearis (Jacq.) R. Br. 1813

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Photo by Weyman Bussey.

Flowering plant in situ in Mexico

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Part shadeWarmTo ColdWinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Slim Isochilus

Flower Size to almost 1/2" [to almost 1.3 cm]

A widespread, lowland species found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Leewards, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Windwards, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina as a medium sized epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial that occurs at an elevation of 300 to 3900 meters, and is best grown in cool to warm conditions because the majority of specimens are collected in these areas with moderate shade and high humidity. It has clustered, slender, erect becoming arching stems enveloped below by tubular, verrucose sheaths and above carrying several, disitichous, narrowly linear, obtuse, basally clasping leaves giving rise to a terminal 2 1/4" [to 6 cm] long raceme with palaceous bracts, and several to many tubular, color variable flowers that can occur at any time of the year arising from the apex of the stem and held very close to the leaf.

Synonyms Coilostylis obtusifolia Raf. 1836; Cymbidium lineare (Jacq.) Sw. 1799; *Epidendrum lineare Jacq. 1760; Isochilus brasiliensis Schltr. 1921; Isochilus leucanthus Barb. Rodr. 1877; Isochilus linearis var. leucanthus (Barb.Rodr.) Cogn. 1898; Isochilus peruvianus Schltr. 1921; Leptothrium lineare Kunth 1815

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