Encyclia papilio (Vell.) Pabst 1972 Photo courtesy of Mauro Peixoto Copyrighted and his Brazilian Plants Website


Common Name The Butterfly Encyclia [refers to the flowers appearance]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais near Serra da Canastra, Rio de Janiero, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catalina state Brazil as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte on tree trunks in open forests with narrowed, conical-oblong, clustered pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical leaves and blooms on a terminal, 12 3/4" [32 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Anacheilium papilio [Vell.] Pabst, Moutinho & Pinto 1981; *Epidendrum papilio Vell. 1831; Hormidium papilio [Vell] Brieger?; Prosthechea papilio [Vell.] Higgins 1997