syn :Coilostylis ciliaris
ORIGIN/HABITAT: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, the West Indies including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, and Brazil. In Mexico, plants are found in the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Oaxaca, and Veracruz. This species is not only distributed over a very large area, but plants have been reported at elevations from near sea level to about 8200 ft. (0-25,000 m). Plants grow in dense clumps, forming large colonies on boulders, cliff faces, and tree trunks. In western Mexico, plants are found in humid tropical forest or oak forest at 2600-4900 ft. (800-1500 m). In Puerto Rico, plants grow in dry and wet forests from near sea level to about 2800 ft. (0-850 m), but they are not found in either the wettest or driest areas of the island. In Panama, plants have been collected in Chiriquí Province at 2950-4250 ft. (900-1300 m). In Venezuela, these plants are common in the Coast Range and the Andes at 2500-4000 ft. (760-1220 m). — Source: Charles Baker
Lovely sweet honey-suckle fragrance strongest at night because it is moth pollinated.
Epidendrum ciliare has been switched to Coilostylis ciliaris in 2004 by Withner and Harding. But is just accepted as a synonym. It is the type species of the genus Coilostylis. Coilostylis ciliaris is protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled for the species survival).
It is tropical orchid that requires and prefers intermediate to warm temperatures and bright light, but no full sun all day. It can do well with a few hours of sun in the early morning.