Encyclia cyperifolia (C. Schweinf.) Carnevali & I. Ramírez 1993

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Purple flushed color form

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Common Name The Sword-Leafed Encyclia

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6 cm]

Found in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru as a small to medium sized, pendant, hot to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte in wet montane forests that occurs at elevations of 50 to 1200 meters with ovoid-pyriform, [leek-like] lightly sulcate pseudobulbs subtended by several basal, scarious sheaths and carries 3 to 4, narrowly linear, acuminate, coriaceous, basally clasping leaves and blooms in the late summer and early fall on an apical, erect, 12 to 20" [30 to 50 cm] long, pebbley, racemose or few branched, loosely few to several [15] flowered, paniculate inflorescence with small tubular, scarious bracts and carrying a few [4 to 5] flowers arising on a mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms Bletia ensiformis Ruiz & Pav. 1798; Encyclia ensiformis (Ruiz & Pav.) Mansf. ?; Encyclia microtis var grandiflora [Schweinf.] Hoehne 1952; Epidendrum cyperifolium C. Schweinf. 1953; Epidendrum microtos var. grandiflorum C. Schweinf. 1943

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum cyperifolium; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970 as Epidendrum cyperifolia; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Pabst & Dungs 1975 as E ensiformis; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 035 Benmnett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilenses Vol I Plate 053 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing fide; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 1 Encyclias Campacci 2003 photo good; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; The Orchids of Bolivia Vol II Laelinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2004 drawing/photo fideFlora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing good; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide