Encyclia patens Hook. 1830 Photo by Mauro Rosim and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by Jean Claude George

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flowers in situ in Boia Ceia Brazil elevation 30 meters Photo by Jay Pfahl

Disected Flower Photo by E Schnurr

FragrancePart sun Warm to CoolLATERFall EARLYWinter

Common Name Spreading-Flowered or Sweet-scented Encyclia

Flower Size 1 to 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Brazil from Rio Grande do Sul to Bahia and Minas Gerais states og Brazil at elevations of 500 to 1200 meters in gallery and rainforests as a large sized, warm to cool growing, 2 to 3 leafed epiphyte with elongated pseudobulbs and 2 to 3, long, narrow, leathery leaves which flowers in the later fall and early winter in Brazil on a 5" [12.5 cm] long, erect, stiff, loosely or densly few to many [5 to 15] flowered, paniculate inflorescence with very fragrant, long-lived, heavy textured flowers and do best in basket or slab culture.

Synonyms Encyclia odoratissima [Lindley] Schlechter 1914; Epidendrum odoratissimum var. crispum Regel 1856; Epidendrum glutinosum Scheidweiler 1843; Epidendrum odoratissimum Lindley 1831; Epidendrum oncidioides var. itabirae W.Zimm. 1934;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as E odoratissima; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum patens; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum odoratissima; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 6 1966 photo as Epidendrum odoratissimum; Die Orchideen #2 5-8 tafel 3 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as E odoratissima photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 3 1991 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 4 1992; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilenses Vol I Plate 069 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing ok; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 photo fide; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 1 Encyclias Campacci 2003 photo good; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide