Epidendrum lilijae Foldats 1968 GROUP Pleuranthium SUBGROUP Phragmites TYPE Drawing by Foldats

Another Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name Lilija's Epidendrum [Colombian Orchid Collector early 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1100 to 2500 meters as a large to giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with laterally branched, each branch simple, erect stems enveloped by close, truncate, tubular sheaths and carrying in the upper 2/3's, relatively thin, distichous, linear-lancelate, longly attenuate-acuminate, cuneate below and articulate to the sheath leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on several lateral, all along the stem below the leaves, short, 1/2" to .6" [1.25 cm to 1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped by 3 to 4 sub-coriaceous, rounded apically bracts and carrying green to greenish white flowers without a scent.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela, Vol XV Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] plate 1534 Hagsater & Santiago 2015 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Drawingfide;