Encyclia parviflora [Regel] Withner 1998 Photo by Jay Pfahl


Common Name Small-flowered or Alata-like Encyclia

Flower Size 1 1/2" or less

Found in Mexico and Nicaragua as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing, epiphytic or occasional terrestrial species from the eastern coasts in dry forests at elevations of 100 to 800 meters with a pseudobulb enveloped by sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, linear-ligulate, obtuse leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a 18" [45 cm] long, racemose, several flowered, paniculate inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

Kew now lists this species as Encyclia alata ssps. parviflora but I have left it with species status for now.

Synonyms Encyclia alata ssps. parviflora [Regel] Dressler & Pollard 1971; Encyclia belizensis ssps. parviflora [Regel] Dressler & Pollard 1974; *Epidendrumm alatum var parviflorum Regel 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & Pollard 1974 as E belizensis var parviflora photo fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as excluded species E belizensis subsp parviflora; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 4 1996; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide;