Epidendrum ixilum Hágsater, Archila & Chiron 2015

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo S Romero/TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold LATE Spring

Common Name The Ixl Epidendrum [The Ixil Triangle is constituted by three municipalities in the Department of El Quiché: Nebaj, San Juan Cotzal and Chajul, in the Sierra de los Chuchumatanes]

Flower Size 3.6" [9 cm]

Found in western Guatemala at elevations around 1350 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, new stem arises horizontally from the subapical, internode of the previous stem, arching-pendent stems enveloped by several scarious, papery, imbricating, lanceolate, acute, irregularily verrucose papillae, whitish turning brown sheaths the apical one prominent, covering the base of the inflorescencen and thus appearing to be a spathe, carrying 19, apical, one per stem, pendent, fleshy, succulent, linear-ellipticf,acuminate, dark green leaves taht blooms in the later spring on a terminla, sessile, without a spathe, racemose, short, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with small, triasngular, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with the tepals olive green, the apex of the dorsal sepal tinged copper, the lip basally white, the calli intense yellow, the mid lobe multicolor, pink and white towards the bottom, copper colored towards the middle and green apically .

Within my framework of the Orchidaceae this species would fit much better within Coilostylus but to date this orchid has not been named as such.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1529 Hágsater & Dodson 2015 drawing fide