Encyclia cardimii Pabst 1977 Photo courtesy of Rick Cirino.

Common Name Cardim's Encyclia [Brazilian Nurseryman 1900's]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Brazil and said by Campacci to be a Synonym of E oncidioides but many feel that it is not. I have it separate here. To quote Rick Cirino " This plant was brought back from Brazil by Jack Fowlie, by the way of Verboonen. This plant matches the type of Encyclia cardimii, according to Marv Ragan, Dave Hunt, and myself. This plant is in no way a match for Encyclia oncidiodes. If the Brazilians looked at the type, they would not have made this mistake." The orchid has narrowly ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 3 apical, erect, coriaceous, obtuse leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, racemose, erect, 6" [15 cm] long, to 4 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 4 1992 drawing; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000;