Encyclia selligera (Bateman ex Lindl.) Schltr. 1914 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

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Common Name Saddle-lipped Encyclia

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

A medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic species that occurs 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 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.

Chiapas Mx., 1890m elev., near Teopisca, epiphytic on oaks.

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; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as Epidendrum selligerum; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as Epidendrum selligerum; The Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correll 1952; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum selligerum; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & Pollard 1974; 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 1st photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Epidendrum selligerum drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 698 Dodson 1982 drwaing ok; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol IV Withner 1996 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 566 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide