Encyclia seidelii Pabst 1976 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name Seidel's Encyclia [Brazilian Orchid Nursery Owners Current]

Flower Size 1 3/5" [4 cm]

Found in Espirito Santo, Rio de Janiero, Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo states of Brazil at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing lithophyte with conical to pyriform, bright reddish with sun pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, cymbidiform leaves and blooms in the Brazilian spring [November-January] and summer on a, terminal, erect, 2'4" [70 cm] long, racemose, several [8 to 10] flowered inflorescence with lancelolate, stem clasping bracts and unscented flowers that are smaller for the genus.

Similar to E kundergraeberii but differs in being rupicolous, a long rhizome, short and wide leaves and the midlobe of the lip larger than the lateral lobes.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 3 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 4 1992 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilenses Vol I Plate 072 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing ok; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 1 Encyclias Campacci 2003 photo fide