Encyclia polybulbon [Swartz] Dressler 1961

Plant and Flowers Photos by Milan Vágner

Another Flower

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Plant in situ in Vera Cruz Mexico Photo courtesy of Edouard Faria

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Common Name The Many Bulbed Encyclia

Flower Size to 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found from Mexico to Nicaragua and also in Jamaica and Cuba, in humid mixed forests on oaks as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte, at elevations of 600-3200 meters, with ovoid to narrowly ovoid, laterally compressed, yellow-green pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 3, towards the apex, elliptic-lanceolate to elliptic-ovate, retuse leaves that blooms from fall to early spring on a single flowered, apical, 1/2" to 1 1/5" [1.25 to 3 cm] long inflorescence subtended by a slender spathe and arising from the apice of the mature pseudobulb and carrying a large fragrant flower.

Grow mounted on tree fern, cork or wood to accomodate the rambling nature of the plant, partial sun, cool to warm temperatures and you will be rewarded with multiple bloomings.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum occidentale Spreng 1827; Dinema cubincola (Borhidi) H.Dietr. 1980; Dinema polybulbon [Sw.]Lindley 1831; Epidendrum cubincola Borhidi 1976 publ. 1977; *Epidendrum polybulbon Sw. 1788; Epidendrum polybulbon var. luteo-album Miethe

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Epidendrum polybulbon; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum polybulbon; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as Epidendrum polybulbon; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Dinena polybulbon photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum polybulbon; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 10 1960 as Epidendrum polybulbon; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as Epidendrum polybulbon; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 3 1962 as Epidendrum polybulbon; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 Epidendrum polybulbon; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Dinema polybulbon photo plant only; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Dinema polybulbon photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum polybulbon drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 1 1977; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 694 Dodson 1982 Drawing fide; An Introdution to the orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photos fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 5 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 as Dinema cubinicola; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo as Dinema polybulbon; *The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 as Dinema polybulbon; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 3 2007 photo; as Dinema polybulbon; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 2 2007 photo as Dinemea polybulbon; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Dinema polybulbon photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Dinema polybulbon photo fide;