Encyclia stellata (Lindl.) Schltr. 1914 Photos by Franco Pupulin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Inflorescence Photo by Rick Cirino


Common Name The Starry Alanje Encyclia [A Costa Rican Town]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and western Venezuela in lowland dry or seasonally dry forests with clustered, ovoid to subglobose, smooth, shiny green in youth, irregularily rugose with age pseudobulbs enveloped basally by little to no sheaths and carrying, 2, apical, coriaceous, rigid, sharp margined, sulcate midvein, conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, short to 9.2" [to 23 cm] long, verruculose, racemose or paniculate inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb.

This species is a part of the Encyclia oncidioides complex and most likely is a synonym of it along with, Enc gravida, Enc mooreana, Enc guatemalensis, and Enc guianensis.

Synonyms Encyclia alanjensis [Ames] Carnevali & Romero 1994; Encyclia hunteriana Schlechter 1922; Encyclia powellii Schlechter 1922; Epidendrum alanjense Ames 1922; *Epidendrum stellatum Lindley 1853;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 46. Panama Schlechter 1922 as E hunteriana; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 46. Panama Schlechter 1922 as E powellii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 As Epidendrum stellatum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Epidendrum stellatum drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Epidendrum stellatum drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 drawing ok; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide;