(pronounced: eye-soh-KYE-luss)


Epidendreae subtribe Laeliinae; allied to Ponera Lindley.

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Caespitose epiphytes with erect, leafy stems on horizontal, sometimes trailing rhizomes bearing fleshy roots usually of greater diameter than the rhizomes. Inflorescences terminal, congested, few-flowered more or less secund racemes of tubular flowers. Sepals and petals subsimilar. Lip unlobed, sigmoid (viewed from the side). Column straight, completely concealed by the floral tube; pollinia 4.


A genus of about 10 species distributed from Mexico and Cuba to Argentina. Species limits in Isochilus are problematic and the genus requires revision.

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Bock, I. 1996. Isochilus linearis (Jacq.) R. Br. 1813 [3]. Die Orchidee 47(3): Orchideenkartei seite 827-830.