Encyclia lorata Dressler & G.E. Pollard 1974 Photo by Robert Weyman Bussey

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Common Name Strap-Lobed Encyclia [refers to the narrow strap like lobes of the lip]

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4.5 cm]

A rare small sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic species from the wet pine-oak forests of Guerrero state of Mexico around 1875 to 2100 meters in elevation with subglobose, somewhat wrinkled, clustered pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, lanceolate-elliptic to narrowly elliptic, acute to subobtuse, rigid, coriaceous, fleshy, dark green, conduplicate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an apical, simple or few branched, warty, 8 to 9 flowered inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 562 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide

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