Encyclia granitica ( Lindl. ) Schltr. 1919Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Disected Flower Photo by E Schnurr

Another Plant Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name or Meaning The Granite Growing Encyclia

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.1cm]

Similar to E oncidioides and often confused with it, Encyclia granitica comes form Brazil, Guyana, Surinam and Venezuela as a rupicolus orchid occuring on granite outcroppings and ridges along rivers and among boulders with a small pocket of soil at elevations of sea level to 1500 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing lithophyte with a somewhat elongate rhizome enveloped by whitish dried bracts, giving rise to thin and narrow pseudobulbs carrying two, apical leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer in Venezuela, on a terminal, 76" [1.8m] long, paniculate inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

Synonyms *Epidendrum graniticum Lindley 1841; Epidendrum oncidioides var. graniticum (Lindl.) Lindl. 1853; Epidendrum spectabile Focke 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum oncidioides var granitica; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 74 Schlechter 1919; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as Epidendrum selligerum drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964 as Epidendrum oncidioides var graniticum; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as Epidendrum oncidioides var graniticum; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 as Epidendrum selligerum drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 photo/drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilenses Vol I Plate 063 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing good; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 1 Encyclias Campacci 2003 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;