Isochilus major Cham.& Schltdl. 1831 Photo by Brian Ramsey

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

Another Angle of Inflorescence Photo by Dowery Orchids Website.

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Common Name The Large Isochilus

Flower Size to almost 1/2" [to almost 1.25 cm]

This is a medium sized, hot to cool, pendant growing plant from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama as well as Colombia and is found on trees in damp mixed forests at an elevation of 1400-1900 meters with an erect, terete stem enveloped basally by several tubular sheaths and above larger lanceolate, bilobed apically, basally clasping leaves, spotted leaf sheaths and blooms on a terminal, pendulous, racemsose, several flowered inflorescence which is half covered by the upper leaves occuring throughout the year. Otherwise it is very similar to I linearis.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing oh; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as drawing/photo okish; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 788 Dodson 1982 drawing good; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing good; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 3 2001 photo;

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