Encyclia guatemalensis [Klotzsch] Dressler & Pollard 1971 Photo by Diederick Antoni Copyright

Inflorescence Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Color Photo by Weyman Bussey Copyright


Common Name Guatemalan Encyclia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

A medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphytic species from , Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua at altitudes of 100 to 1300 meters in dry scrub oak, oak forest and tropical semi-deciduous forests with clustered, conical to ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, linear-ligulate, acute leaves. It blooms in the late spring and summer and has an apical, 6 3/4" to 2' [17 to 60 cm] long, erect to arching, racemose or branching inflorescence with few to many flowers arising on a mature pseudobulb and has a slightly warty pedicel and ovary.

This species is a part of the Encyclia oncidioides complex and most likely is a synonym of it along with, Enc gravida, Enc mooreana, Enc stellata, and Enc guianensis.

Kew considers E dickinsoniana as a synonym of this species, as of now I leave them separate pending more research.

Synonyms Encyclia alata var virella Dressler & Pollard 1971; Encyclia belizensis [Rchb.f] Schlechter 1918; Epidendrumm alatum var viridiflorum Regel 1856; Epidendrum belizensis Rchb.f 1876; *Epidendrum guatemalensis Klotsch 1852;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979 as E belizensis; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 683 Hamer 1982 as E belizensis drawing fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Encyclia belizensis drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo good;