Encyclia halbingeriana Hágsater & Soto Arenas 2008 Photo by © Julio Valdez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part Sun Cool LATE Winter Spring

Common Name Halbinger's Encyclia [Mexican Orchid Enthusiast deceased 2008]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Michoacan state of Mexico in riparian forests at elevations of 1000 to 1300 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with conic-ovoid, longitudinally rugose, green suffused with purple pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2, ensiform, obtuse, coriaceous-fleshy, green suffused with purple, sulcate above, carinate below leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a terminal, erect to arcuate, racemose or laxly paniculate, to 3 branched, each branch 4.4 to 9.6" [11 to 24 cm] long, peduncle terete, smooth, to [24 to 62 cm] long, rachis obscurely papillose, overall 16 to 31.4" [40 to 112 cm] long, 5 to 36 flowered inflorescence with tubular or amplexicaul, ovate, obtuse, tight bracts and widely triangular-ovate, obtuse, concave, scarious floral bracts.

Related to E aenicta but this one has smaller flowers, broader petals, a smaller lip with the lateral lobes more oblong and less recurved apically. The white-pink midlobe of the lip is profusely marked with magenta, and is transversely elliptic, has a large triangular apicule at the apex and has higher thickened veins with a narrower callus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 10 Plate 1020 Hagsater & Soto Arenas 2008 drawing fide