Encyclia moebusii H.A. Dietr. 1985

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Photos by Claude Hamilton


Common Name Moebus' Encyclia

Flower Size

Found in northeastern Cuba in the Nipe-Sagua-Baracoa Massif zone on igneous rocks in wet thickets and pine woods or at the base of small trees and shrubs on montane slopes at elevations around 300 to 960 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to warm growing lithophyte occuring on igneous rock exposed to sunlight with green to violet, fusiform pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2, green suffused with violet, linear to lanceolate, very coriaceous, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, basally coinduplicate leaves that blooms in the later spring through summer on a terminal, erect, peduncle 8.8 to 19.2" [22 to 48 cm] long, racemose to sparsely paniculate, each branch .6 to 8.4" [1.5 to 21 cm] long, 2 to 10 flowered, overall 9.4" to 28" [23.5 to 70 cm] long, 5 to 15 flowered inflorescence.

Often given as a synonym of E triangulifera but differs mostly in the wide open upper lobes of the lip


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol IV Withner 1996 as syn of E triangulifera; The Orchids of Cuba Lllamacho & Larramendi 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 #8 2006 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide;