Coilostylis ciliaris

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Fringed Star Orchid
Epidendrum ciliare Orchi 05.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
Subtribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Coilostylis
Species: C. ciliaris
Binomial name
Coilostylis ciliaris
L. (1759)
  • Epidendrum ciliare L.
  • Auliza ciliaris (L.) Salisb.
  • Encyclia ciliaris (L.) A.Lemée
  • Epidendrum cuspidatum Lodd.
  • Coilostylis emarginata Raf.
  • Epidendrum viscidum Lindl.

Coilostylis ciliaris (Fringed Star Orchid), formerly Epidendrum ciliare, is a species of orchid in the genus Coilostylis. It was transferred from Epidendrum by Withner and Harding in 2004.[1] It is the type species of the genus Coilostylis.

The diploid chromosome number of C. ciliare has been determined from several individuals as 2n = 40, 80, and 160, the haploid chromosome number as n = 20.[2]

The moth Pseudosphinx tetrio has been observed as a pollinator in Puerto Rico.[3]


  1. ^ Withner, C. A. and Harding, P. A., Cattleyas and Their Relatives. The Debatable Epidendrums Timber Press 2004.
  2. ^ page 251 of Leonardo P. Felix and Marcelo Guerra: "Variation in chromosome number and the basic number of subfamily Epidendroideae (Orchidaceae)" Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 163(2010)234-278. The Linnean Society of London. downloaded October 2010 from
  3. ^ Ackerman, J. D. and A. M. Montalvo. (1990). Short-and long-term limitations to fruit production in a tropical orchid. Ecology 71(1), 263-72.

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