Epidendrum cilioccidentale Hágsater & L.Sánchez 2008GROUP Coilostylis [see caution below] TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Chuspipata Epidendrum [A town in Bolivia near where the species was found]

Flower Size 2.9 to 5" [7.4 to 12.5 cm]

Found in western Mexico along streams and in pine oak forests at elevations of 450 to 1500 metrs as a warm to cool growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with simple, thickened to a fusiform, heteroblastic, striaght pesuobulb enveloped in youth by papery sheaths and carrying a single to rarely a second, apical, erect, coriaceous, articulate, elliptic, acute, margin entire leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on a terminal, erect, racemose, arising on a mature stem, distichous, peduncle laterally compressed, enveloped by 6 to 22, imbricating, acute, progressively longer bracts, rachis terete, thin, striahgt to slightly sinuous, simultaneously 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with half as long to somewhat longer than the ovary, oblong-triangular, conduplicate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, nocturnally fragrant, white flowers with the tepals yellowish green and the callus white to pale yellow.

CAUTION!!!!!!!!!!!! Within my framework this species would be better accomodated within the genus Coilostylis but to date has not been named as such.

CAUTION The drawing above has measurement mistakes the flowers are much larger than the drawing says. The sepals are 2.9 to 5" [3.7 to 6.3 cm] long not .16" [4 mm].

Very similar to Coilostylis ciliare but it differs in the inflroescence arising on immature stems, the peduncel has only 1 to 6 tubular, oblong triangular bracts, the linear to narrowly ovate petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1110 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 Drawing fide