Encyclia euosma (Rchb. f.) Porto & Brade 1935 Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Plant in situ Minas Gerais

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Fragrant Part sun warm to Cool LATESpringSummer

Common Name The Good Smelling Encyclia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janiero and Espirito Santo states of Brazil in the Atlantic rainforest at elevations of 500 to 1200 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with conic pseudobulbs enveloped by deciduous, imbricating sheaths and carrying 1 to 2 apical, erect, coriaceous, smooth, oblong-lanceolate leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, erect, 12" [30 cm] long, racemose, rarely laterally paniculate, to 12 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, stem-clasping bracts and carrying well spaced, fragrant flowers.

The plant in the in situ photo was found in a cloud forest at elevations around 300 meters near Salesopolis Brazil in dense cloud forest.

Some sources say E flabelifera is synomonous with this determination others say E ionosma and still others cite all three as valid so I have kept them separate for now.

Synonyms Encyclia flabellifera Hoehne & Schltr.1926; *Epidendrum euosmum Rchb.f. 1876;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilenses Vol I Plate 058 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing good; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 1 Encyclias Campacci 2003 photo fide; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America Meisel 2014 photo plant only;