Anacheilium faustum (Rchb. f. ex Cogn.) Pabst, Moutinho & A.V. Pinto 1981 Photo courtesy of Gustavo Coral of Brazil


Common Name The Luxurious Anacheilium [refers to Faustus a medival magician who traded his soul for fame and fortune]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

A southern Brazilian, small sized, cool growing epiphyte found in humid montane forests at elevations around 700 meters with cooler rain and mists late in the day until the temperatures drop, with moderate bright light. This orchid has closely spaced, spindle-shaped pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, narrow, strap shaped leaves and blooms on an erect, 5" [12 cm] long, apical, erect, with a few to several [4 to 10] flowered inflorescence that has fragrant flowers, occuring in the Brazilian summer and fall.

Grow mounted on treefern or in baskets of chopped treefern and sphagnum with cool temperatures, bright light and watering while growing. Apply less water when the coolest weather sets in.

Synonyms Encyclia fausta (Rchb. f. ex Cogn.) Pabst 1972; *Epidendrum faustum Rchb. f. ex Cogn. 1900; Hormidium faustum (Rchb. f. ex Cogn.) Brieger 1960; Prosthechea fausta [Rchb.f ex cogn.] Higgins 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, the Debateable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 2 Pabst - Dungs 1977 as Encyclia fausta; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002 as Protheschea fausta