Encyclia flabellifera Hoehne & Schlechter 1926

Disected Flower Photos by E Schnurr

Another Flower Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

Part sun WarmHot Spring

Common Name The Fan-Carrying Encyclia [refers to the conduplicate lip and it's similarity to a ladies folding fan]

This is a Brazilian species from the Sao Paulo area that blooms on a lax, apical, racemose inflorescence. It is said to be a synonym of Encyclia euosma or E ionosma but these 3 species are quite different if they are determined correctly. Found in Espirito Santo and Sao Paulo states with pear-shaped pseudobulbs and blooms in the early spring on a paniculate, longer than the leaf, several flowered inflorescence.

Some sources give this name as a synonym of E euosma, others E ionosma and still others cite all three as valid so I have kept them separate for now. They do all seem fairly similar but there are differences visible between all three.

ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 4 1991 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 4 1992 photo

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