Encyclia alata [Bateman]Schlechter 1914 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

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Common Name Winged Encyclia

Flower Size 2 to 2 1/2" [5 to 6.25 cm]

This medium to large sized, hot to warm growing species is found from Mexico through Costa Rica ocurring at altitudes of 0-1000 meters, epiphytically on trees in open forests and occasionally terrestrially in soil pockets. They have ovoid-conical to pyriform pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 3 apical, linear-lanceolate, acute, tough leaves that are often tinged with purple. There can be diverse differences in flower morphology in this species most often in size and the shape of the lateral sides of the lip. It has a honey-sweet smelling fragrance and they bloom in the spring through fall on an apical, to 5' [150 cm] long, arching, branched inflorescence with many, variable in color and shape flowers.

Synonyms *Epidendrum alatum Bateman 1840; Epidendrum alatum var. grandiflorum Regel 1856; Epidendrum alatum var. longipetalum (Lindl. & Paxton) Regel 1856; Epidendrum alatum var majus Hort. ex Sanders 1927; Epidendrum calochielum Hkr. 1841; Epidendrum formosum Klotsch 1853; Epidendrum formosum var. grandiflorum Regel; Epidendrum longipetalum Lindley & Paxton 1850-1

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala t. 18. Bateman 1841 as Epidendrum alatum; *Orchideen: 201.1914; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Epidendrum alatum drawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 44. Panama Schlechter 1922; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 5 1958 drawing as Epidendrum alatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as Epidendrum alatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 3 1962; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963 as Epidendrum alatum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum alatum; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum alatum drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Epidendrum alatum drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 680 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol V Withner 1998 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide;

Encyclia alata subsp. virella Dressler & G.E.Pollard 1971 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Photo Site

Found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua and has orange petals

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