Encyclia elegantula Dressler 2004 Photo by Dressler and The Epidendra Website

Green Color Form

Photo by Rick Cirino


Common Name The Small Elegant Encyclia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 950 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm growing epiphyte with conic-ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, erect, paniculate, 5 to 6 branched, each branch 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, peduncle 14 to 15.6" [35 to 39 cm] long, rachis 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, overall 22 to 26" [55 to 65 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.

Very similar to E amanda but this one differs in the much wider petals, the heavily sculptured midlobe and in the more verruculose sepals, as well as the isthmus of the lip is curled under on both sides and there is a thick wart basally on each side. The flowers are also much darker in coloration and the inflorescence is much more densly flowered


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchid Digest 68(4): 244, figs. Dressler 2004 drawing/photo fide