Encyclia asperula Dressler & G.E. Pollard 1974

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Peter Szabo


Common Name The Asperulous Encyclia

Flower Size 1" [3 cm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize as a small, compact, single leafed, hot to cool growing epiphyte from elfin forest, tropical rain forest and montain rain forests at elevations of 350 to 1250 meters with subglobose to ovoid-pyriform, slightly rugose pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, linear, acute, fleshy-coriaceous, rigid, conduplicate below into the petiole-like base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on a 4" [10 cm] long inflorescence with a verrucose, purplish peduncle and rachis arising on a mature pseudobulb carrying longlasting, semi-fragrant flowers held at mid leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & Pollard 1974 photo good/drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol V Withner 1998 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 15 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Genera Orchidaceae Vol 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase aand Rasmussen 2005 drawing ok; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018