Encyclia tuerckheimii Schltr. 1918 Photo by John Denson and his Cattleya Source Blogspot

Another Flower Photo by Patricia Harding

Type DrawingDrawing by Schlechter and The Epidendra Website


Common Name Tuerckheim's Encyclia [German Orchid Collector in the Antilles and Central America 1900's]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found from Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico and Guatemala in very wet, cool to cold pine oak forests, montane rainforest, elfin forests and evergreen cloud forests at elevations around 1400 to 2300 meters as a rare, medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic orchid with clustered, conic-ovoid to pyriform subglobose, longitudinally wrinkled pseudobulbs enveloped partially basally by several scarious sheaths that disappear with age and carrying 2 to 3, apical, long linear-ligulate, subacute to obtuse, green suffused with purple, conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms on an erect, terminal, simple to few branched, few to several flowered inflorescence carrying resupinate, fleshy, very fragrant [tangerines] flowers occuring in the spring through fall.

This species grows cooler and wetter conditions than most other Encyclia.

Synonyms Epidendrum tuerckheimii (Schltr.) Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf.,1935

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum tuerkheimii; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Epidendrum tuerkheimii; Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correll 1952; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & Pollard 1974 photo fide; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames and Correll 1985 as Epidendrum tuerkheimii; Field Guide to the Orchids of Panama Dressler 1993; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol V 130 pl 78 Withner 1998 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 568 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005 photo fide;