Encyclia pachyantha (Lindl.) Hoehne 1952 Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Another Flower Photo by Rick Cirino

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Common Name The Fleshy-Flowered Encyclia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana and Brazil in rain forests at elevations of 50 to 400 meters as a medium to large sized, hot growing epiphyte and is one of the largest plants and flowers in the genus with huge, 4" tall pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 apical, thin, broad, strap-shaped, wavy margin, oblique and rounded leaves that are close to 2' long and blooms in the late spring and early summer in northern cultivation on an erect, stiff, racemose to few branched inflorescence with strongly scented flowers.

The leaves of this species show an abscission zone, but it does not function and so dead leaves do not fall naturally and must be cut away.

Synonyms Encyclia latipetala (C.Schweinf.) Pabst 1967; Epidendrum latipetalum C.Schweinf. 1948; Epidendrum pachyanthum Lindl. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 6 Withner 2000 photo hmm drawing ok; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 6 Withner 2000 as E latipetala drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilenses Vol I Plate 068 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing ok; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 1 Encyclias Campacci 2003 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok

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