Encyclia plicata (Lindl.) Schltr. 1914 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Inflorescence Photo by Alejandro Pazo

Part sunWarm to HotSpringto EARLYSummer

Common Name The Pleated Encyclia

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

Found in Cuba and the Bahamas at elevations of sea level to 200 meters as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte, with crowded, narrowly ovoid-subterete pseudobulbs subtended by scarious sheaths and carrying 2 to 3 apical, erect, coriaceous, rigid, linear to linear-lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on a terminal, 2 1/2' [75 cm] long, erect, successivley several to many flowered inflorescence arising on a mature growth.

This large sized Encyclia appreciates a hot environment, high humidity, a wood mount and a decided rest after growth matures until the new growth arises in the late winter

Synonyms *Epidendrum plicatum Lindley 1847

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum plicatum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 5 1957 drawing as Epidendrum plicatum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum plicatum; The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 4 Withner 1996 photo fide; The Florida Orchidist Vol 42 No 1 1999 photo; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 drawing fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo;

Encyclia plicata var alba Photo by Lourens Grobler,

A light version of the previous species.