Encyclia diota (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

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Common Name Two-eared Encyclia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found from Mexico to Nicaragua as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial which occurs at elevations of 200 to 1800 meters in warm pine-oak, and tropical deciduous forest with conical, ovoid, wrinkled pseudobulbs with 1 or 2 linear-liguate, keeled leaves which blooms mostly in the spring on an apical, 12 to 40" [30 to 100cm] long, minutely verrucose, raceme or panicle arising on a mature pseudobulb and is much longer than the leaves with many [10 to 80], showy, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia diota ssps diota Dressler & Pollard 1974; Encyclia insidiosa (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1920; *Epidendrum diotum Lindl. 1843; Epidendrum insidiosum Rchb. f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum diotum drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Epidendrum diotum drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 689 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 18 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 drawing ok; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 as E insidiosa

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~Encyclia diota subsp. diota Nagel - See Encyclia diota (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918 Photo courtesy of Noble Bashor

Oaxaca Mx., 1300m elev., South of Oaxaca (city) on road to Isthmus, Epiphytic on oaks.

Encyclia diota (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918 var rubra Photo courtesy of Jerry Bolce