Encyclia sabanensis Vale, Pérez-Obr. & Faife 2014 Photos by Vale, Pérez-Obr. & Faife and their The Academia Website

Floral Disecction Photo by Schnurr

Common Name The Sabana Encyclia [Archipelago of Sabana-Camagu¨ey]

Flower Size .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]

Found in the keys of north central Cuba mostly in microphyllous evergreen forests and to a lesser extent on the coastal xeromorphic thickets at elevations of sea level to 20 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with conic to ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 1 to rarely 3, conduplicate, linear-lanceolate, coriaceous, arched and sub twisted, acute to apiculate, smooth to minutely irregular margin leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, racemose to paniculate, 2 to rarely 4 branched, peduncel with 2 to 15 deltoid adpressed bracts, the bases of the branches with amplexicaul, scarious bracts 12 to 60" [30 to 150 cm] long, overall, rachic, successsively 6 to 35 flowered inflorescence with cucullate-amplexicaulm broadly ovate, obtuse, squmiform floral bracts.

Vale, Pérez-Obr. & Faife 2014"Similar to Encyclia phoenice (Lindley) Neumann and E. plicata (Lindley) Britton & Millspaugh, but differing from these by having a smaller labellum, with a length of less than three quarters of the labellum length of these species; labellum minutely verrucose, entirely white, with the lateral lobes always straight when extended, as opposed to distally arched in E. phoenicea and strongly arched in E. plicata."


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *A New Orchid Species from the Keys of Central Cuba and a Checklist of Cuban Encyclia Syst. Bot. 39: 1077 Vale, Pérez-Obr. & Faife 2014 drawing/photos fide