Encyclia tampensis [Lindl.] Small 1913

Flower Closeup Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name Florida Butterfly Orchid or Tampa Encyclia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

A Florida native as well as the Bahamas and as a variety Cuba [encyclia tampense var amesiana], a small to medium sized, warm to cool grower found at elevations of sealevel to 25 meters that likes wood mounts, and blooms on an apical, medium length to 2 1/2'[75 cm], simple or paniculate inflorescence that is longer than the leaves with a few to several fragrant flowers with a sweet scent, occuring in the spring. Easy to attach to palm trees and pines in South Florida and does not need any attention in the way of water or fertilizer.

In the Florida Keys, native plants can bloom in June through August and again in September on a robust plant.

Synonyms Epidendrum porphyrospilum Rchb.f 1877; Encyclia tampensis f. albolabia P.M.Br. 1995; *Epidendrum tampense Lindley 1847;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 4 1964 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum tampense; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 9 1969 photo as Epidendrum tampense; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 11 1980 photo as Epidendrum tampense; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 5 1981 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 1 1984 photo AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 8 1985; Fairchild Tropical Garden Bulletin Vol 47 No 2 1992 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 5 1996 photo; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 4 1996 photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 1 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 7 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 5 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 no 1 2008 photo; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

Encyclia tampensis var alba Small Photo by Jay Pfahl.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 6/548-9 1991 photo; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 4 1996 photo fide;

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