Encyclia howardii (Ames & Correll) A. Dietr. 1984

< Photo by Marv Ragan


Common Name Howard's Encyclia [American Plant Taxomonist mid 1900's]

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Oriente state of Cuba in serpentine thickets at elevations of 200 to 900 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with green below fading to brownish purple above if exposed to sun, with tightly clustered, ovoid to fusiform, slightly compressed, tapering towards the apex pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2, apical, suberect, thick, coriaceous, linear-ligulate, somewhat tapering, obtuse leaves that blooms in the mid spring through later summer on a terminal, erect, brown purple, stout, erect-arching, 18.4" to 28" [46 to 70 cm] long peduncle with triangular-cucullate, acute purple bracts at the nodes, laxly paniculate, each of the 3 to 7 branches up to 33.2" [to 83 cm] long, 42" [1.5 m] long overall, laxly many flowered inflorescence carrying tricolored flowers smelling of soap.

Synonyms *Epidendrum howardii Ames & Correll 1943

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 4 1996 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 drawing good; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 photo fide;