Encyclia caximboensis L.C.Menezes 1992 Photo by Patricia Harding

Flower Closeup Photo by Vitorino Paiva Castro Neto

FragrancePart shade Hot Winter through Spring

Common Name The Caiximbo Encyclia [Region of NE Brazil]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Para' State in northeastern Brazil growing on rocks at elevations around 400 meters as a small sized, hot growing lithophyte with conical to ovoid-oblong, basally rounded, brownish green pseudobulbs enveloped basally in youth by deciduous, imbricating sheaths and carrying 1, 2 or 3 apical, erect, coriaceous, smooth, narrowly lanceolate, cymbidiform, acute leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, erect, 20 to 30" [50 to 75 cm] long, rarely lateral branched, to 10 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate stem-clasping bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.

Similar to E alata but differs in it's lithophytic habit and in it's tapering, triangular, wing shaped lateral lobes of the lip.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 1 1992 photo; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilienses II Plate 137 Castro 2006 drawing/photo ok; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 1 Encyclias 2003; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilienses II Plate 137 Castro 2006