Encyclia trachycarpa (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918

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Another Flower

Photo by Robert Weyman Bussey


Common Name Rough-Fruited Encyclia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found only in Jalisco and Colima states of Mexico and Guatemala? in tropical deciduous forests and hot dry lowlands as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte on trees and cacti, occuring at sealevel to 1300 meters with clustered, conic-ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 apical, striate nerved, linear, acute leaves that flowers in the late spring and early summer on a simple to few branched, 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

It is normal for the flowers of this species to turn black with drying and age.

Synonyms Encyclia adenocarpon subsp. trachycarpa (Lindl.) Dressler & G.E. Pollard 1971; *Epidendrum trachycarpum Lindl. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum trachycarpum; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 7 1964 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 34 #6 1970 as Epidendrum trachycarpum photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum trachycarpum drawing/photo fide; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & Pollard 1974 photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames and Correll 1985 as Epidendrum trachycarpum drawing good; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018