Encyclia ochracea (Lindl.) Dressler 1961 Photo courtesy of Robert Weyman Bussey

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Ochre Yellow Encyclia

Flower Size 1/2 to 3/4" [1.25 to 2 cm]

Found as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte from Mexico south to Panama in pastures and disturbed deciduous cloudforests that occurs at elevations of 500 to 3500 meters with loosely clustered, narrowly ovoid to fusiform-ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 towards the apex, narrowly ligulate-elliptic to ligulate-lanceolate, acute or narrowly obtuse leaves that blooms mostly in the spring and summer but possible at any time, on an apical, to 12" [6 to 30 cm] long, simple, pendulous to arching, densly many [6 to 12] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and is shorter or just as long as the leaves and carries non-resupinate, successive opening, fleshy, cup shaped flowers. This species can be distinguished from E maculosa by not having a warty-echinate surface on the flowers.

Synonyms *Epidendrum ochraceum Lindl. 1838; Epidendrum pachyriferum Schlechter ?; Epidendrum parviflorum Sessť & Moc. 1894; Epidendrum triste A. Rich. & Gal. 1845; Prosthechea ochracea (Lindl.) W. E. Higgins 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Epidendrum ochraceum; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum ochraceum; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 693 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb, & Launert 1992; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995;