Encyclia acutifolia Schltr. 1923

Photo by Claude W Hamilton and his Hamlyn Orchids Website

Fragrant Part Sun Hot Summer winter

Common Name The Acute Leaved Encyclia

Flower Size 1.52" [3.8 cm]

Found in Cuba and Haiti on trees and shrubs in semi-deciduous forests at elevations around sealevel to 400 meters as a medium to large sized, hot growing epiphyte with ovoid to pear-shaped pseudobulbs carrying a single to rarely 2, apical, erect, stiff, coriaceous, linear, acute to obtuse, retuse, conduplicate below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer through late winter on a terminal, racemose to 1 to 2, shortly branched, thin, to 13.6" [to 34 cm] long, distantly bracted, to 6 flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Epidendrum acutifolium (Schltr.) Carabia 1943

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum replicatum = E acutifolia; Iconografia de Orquideas Cubanas Perez & Bocourt 1997 drawing hmm = E acutifolia drawing fide; *The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol IV Withner and Harding 1996 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchids of Cuba llamacho and Laramendi 2005 photo good; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 as an excluded species E replicata = E acutifolia