Encyclia suaveolens Dressler 1971 Photo by Robert Weyman Bussey

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Common Name The Sweet-Smelling Encyclia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

Found in western Mexico in the states of Nayarit and Jalisco where it is found in oak forests of the Pacific coast at elevations from 750-2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid to subglobose pseudobulbs subtended by scarious sheaths and carrying 2 apical, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into conduplicate basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, 4" [10 cm] long, 3 to 12 flowered, simple or few branched inflorescence that arises from a newly forming pseudobulb and is slightly longer than the leaves carrying 3 to 12 showy flowers that have a citrus fragrance.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 23 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide;

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