Encyclia selligera (Bateman ex Lindl.) Schltr. 1914

Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name Saddle-lipped Encyclia

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

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Bahamas [growing on small trees and on the limestone rocks below] at altitudes of 1400 to 2200 meters in oak and pine-oak forests high up on the trunks or higher branches of trees as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic species that occurs with clustered, conical-ovoid to pyriform pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious sheaths and carrying 2, towards the apex, ligulate or elliptic-ligulate, obtuse, gradually tapering below into the conduplicate clasping base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, apical, large, to 3' [90 cm] long, branched, verrucose, loosely many flowered inflorescence arising on a newly matured psudobulb occuring with showy, long-lived, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms *Epidendrum selligerum Bateman ex Lindl.1838; Epidendrum violodora Galeotti ex Lindl. 1853;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1890 as Epidendrum selligerum drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Epidendrum selligerum drawing ok; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum selligerum; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Epidendrum selligerum; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as Epidendrum selligerum; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as Epidendrum selligerum drawing not = E granitica; The Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correll 1952; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum selligerum; Orchid Digest Vol 34 #9 1970as Epidendrum selligerum drawing fide; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & Pollard 1974 photo; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum selligerum drawing/photo ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Epidendrum selligerum drawing not = E granitica; Las Orquedias de El Salvador vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Epidendrum selligerum drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 698 Dodson 1982 drawing good; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames and Correll 1985 as Epidendrum selligerum; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb, & Launert 1992 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995 drawing ok; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol IV Withner 1996 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 566 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005; Orchids of French Guiana Szlachetko, Veyret etal 2014 drawing good; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018