Coilostylis ciliaris

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Coilostylis ciliaris (not my photo)

Common Name: The Hairy-Lip Epidendrum
Scented: yes
Light Requirements: partial sun
Temperature Requirements: intermediate to hot
Blooms: winter and early spring
Flower Size: 8cm to 17cm
Synonyms: Auliza cilaris [L.] Salisb. 1812; Aulizeum cilare Lindley ex Stein ?; Coilostylis cuspidata (Lodd.) Withner & P.A.Harding 2004; Coilostylis emarginata Raf. 1836; Epidendrum ciliare L. 1759; Epidendrum cuspidatum Lodd. 1817 ; Encyclia ciliaris (L.) Lemée 1955; Epidendrum ciliare var. brachysepalum Rchb.f 1847; Epidendrum ciliare var. minor hort. ex Stein 1892; Epidendrum ciliare var. oerstedii (Rchb. f.) L.O. Williams; Epidendrum ciliare var. squamatum Schnee 1953; Epidendrum ciliare var. viscidum (Lindl.) Lindl. 1853; Epidendrum luteum hort. ex Planch. 1858; Epidendrum sanctalucianum H.G. Jones 1975; Epidendrum santalucianum H.G. Jones 1975; Epidendrum viscidium Lindley 1840; Phaedrosanthus ciliaris (L.) Kuntze 1904

Native to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Leeward Island, Puerto Rico, Windward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil in wet montane forests high in trees at elevations of 500m to 1000m, grows as a hot to warm growing, medium to large sized epiphyte and sometimes as a lithophyte with one or 2, elliptic, obtuse, coriaceous leaves on a clavate, compressed above, subterete below pseudobulbs with 5 to 6 nodes covered by close distichous, imbricating sheaths and blooms in the winter and early spring with fragrant flowers on a terminal, to 30cm long, racemose, few to several [5 to 6] flowered inflorescence arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb.

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