Encyclia conchaechila (Barb.Rodr.) Porto & Brade 1935 Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Disected Flower Photo by E Schnurr

Fragrance Part sun HotWarm Spring

Common Name The Shell-Shaped Lip Encyclia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina in rainforests close to granitic lajas and on white sand savannahs along rivers at elevations around 50 to 400 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with conic, basally rounded pseudobulbs enveloped in youth by imbricate, deciduous sheaths and carrying 2, apical, coriaceous, smooth, oblanceolate, acute, becoming conduplicate towards the clasping base leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, 3.2" [8 cm] long, racemose, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence with close set, fragrant flowers arising on a shorter pedicel.

Often cited as a synonym of E flava but I have kept it separate at this time as there appear to be obvious differences.

Synonyms *Epidendrum conchaechilum Barb Rodr. 1877;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 4 1992 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 8 1993 photo; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 photo/drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilense I Plate 052 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing hmm; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;

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