Encyclia kundergraberi V.P. Castro & Campacci 1998 Photo by Mauro Rosim.

Another Flower Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Another Flower Photo by Rick Cirino.

Part sun Warm SpringSummer

Common Name Kundergraeber's Encyclia [Original collector of Species current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5cm]

Found in Bahia and Minas Gerais states of Brazil on small trees at elevations of 800 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short rhizome carrying conic, rounded base pseudobulbs which are initially enveloped basally by imbricating sheaths that decompose with time and carrying 2, apical, coriaceous, smooth, oblanceolate, cymbidiform leaves and blooms in the spring [November-December] in Brazil on a terminal, 18" [45 cm] long, rarely paniculate inflorescence with up to 12, small flowers.

Kew considers this species to be a synonym of E andrichii but I have kept it separate as the Brazilians consider it to be 2 separate species. Consult the comparison photo by Rosim to see the differences.

Very similar to E seidelii but differs in being epiphytic, a short rhizome, narrow very long leaves and the midlobe of the lip is smaller than the lateral lobes.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilenses Vol I Plate 065 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing ok; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 1 Encyclias Campacci 2003 photo good; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 drawing/photo fide; Boletim CAOB 66/67 2007 photo good