Monday, February 7, 2011

Epidendrum ilense 'Valley Isle'

The first plant I bought at the SCOS Show and Sale member sale table was this Epidendrum ilense. And what really sold it to me was that there was a big tag with a flower picture on one side and a plant history on the other.

Epidendrum ilense 'Valley Isle' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Epidendrum (Epi) contains 1000 known species through out tropical Americas and the Caribbean. This group is extremely varied.

Epidendrum ilense grows in central and western Equador at 1000 to 2000 feet in wet, tropical forest. It is hot growing and can bloom any time of the year. Leave old canes and spikes on the plant until they are totally dead because they can rebloom.

This plant is in bark in a 3-inch pot. It stands 18 inches above the pot and needs to be re-potted. There are some buds on the old canes. I will be able to take my own flower picture in a few days.

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