Encyclia aspera (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918 Photo by Glen Ladnier

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl


Common Name Rough-Stalked Encyclia

Flower Size 1 1/16" [2.6 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in tropical moist and dry forests as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte at elevations of 20 to 600 meters with onion-shaped pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 apical, strap-shaped conduplicate below into the petiole-like base leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a reddish, rough, 42" [105 cm] long, fractiflex, racemose or paniculate inflorescence with raspberry or cherry scented flowers.

This species responds best to a cork mount, given partial sun, high humidity and even watering and fertilizing.

Synonyms Epidendrum asperirachis (Garay) A.D. Hawkes 1957; *Epidendrum asperum Lindl. 1834; Encyclia asperirachis Garay 1953; Encyclia trachypus Schltr. 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Epidendrum asperum; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Epidendrum asperum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 253 Schlechter 1920; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum asperum; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & Pollard 1974 as Excluded species; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 066 Dodson 1980 drawing good; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 as E trachypus; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing hmm/ photo plant only; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal 2014 drawing/photo fide;