Encyclia trinitensis Sambin & Chiron Photos by Sambin & Chiron and Revision Taxinomique des-Especes de Encyclia [Orchidaceae] de Guyane Francaise Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Trinite' Encyclia [refers to the type location la reserve Trinite']

Flower Size 1.54" [3.8 cm]

Found in French Guiana in rain forests at elevations of 50 to 150 meters in elevation as a small sized, hot growing, caepitose epiphyte with ovoid-pyriform to subspherical pseudobulbs slightly compressed laterally pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, entire margin, shortly acuminate apically leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, peduncle cylindric, 1/2 to 1/2 of the total length, with 3 to 5 sterile bracts, rachis with 1 to 2 short .6" [1.5 cm] long branches, 12 to 22.4" [30 to 56 cm] long overall, 6 to 12 flowered inflroescence carrying fragrant [bitter almond] flowers.

This species is similar to E paraensis and E pachyantha but differs in the longer inflorescence, the peduncle that is twice as thick, the larger bracts, a differnt floral scent, the shorter mid lobe of the lip, the shorter column, the bilobed anther apex and the smaller subspherical pseudobulbs


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Richardiana 15: 214 Sambin & Chiron 2015