Coilostylis falcata [Lindl] Withner & Harding 2004 Photo courtesy of Marc Flandres and His Orchid Home Page in France

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Common Name The Sickle-Shaped Coilostylis [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size 3 1/2" [8.5 cm]

Endemic to Mexico and is found on limestone rocks and cliffs in pine and pine oak cloud forests, and xerophytic shrub and thorn forests at altitudes of 1000 to 2100 meters as a medium sized, cool growing lithophytic species with pendant, fusiform pseudobulbs carrying a single, articulate, coriaceous-fleshy, narrowly linear-lanceolate, acute, sickle shaped leaf that flowers in the spring and summer on a terminal, 2" [5 cm] long, umbelliform raceme arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb with 4 to 8, large, simultaneously opening flowers that have a soapy smell at night.

Differs from C parkinsonianum mostly by having coarse, thick and gnarly rhizomes and pseudobulbs.

Synonyms Aulizeum falcatum Lindley ex stein 1892; Brassavola suaveolens Galeotti ex Hemsl. 1879; Epidendrum falcatum Lindl. 1840; Epidendrum falcatum var zeledoniae Schlechter 1923; Epidendrum lactiflorum A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Epidendrum parkinsonianum var. falcatum (Lindl.) Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1945;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 37. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Epidendrum falcatum var zeledoniae; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 31 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; *The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, the Debateable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004 photo fide;

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