Encyclia bipapularis [Rchb.f] Acuna 1939

Photo by Claude W. Hamilton of Hamlyn Orchids

Lip detail

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Luis A Borges Ochoa (Cuba)

Part Sun Hot to Warm

Common Name The Two-Blistered Encyclia

Flower Size 1"

Found rarely in the mountainous area of western Cuba at elevations of 200 to 700 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid to fusiform pseudobulbs carrying 1 to rarely 2, thin, 6" long, flexible, narrowly elliptic to ligulate, obtuse to acute, conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, simple to sparsely branched, branches from .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, each branch single flowered, peduncle, erect, slender, 2" [5 cm] long, rachis fractiflex, 1 to 4.8" [2.5 to 12 cm] long, overall, 3 to 6.8" [7.5 to 17 cm] long, 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence with triangular floral bracts.

There is a lot of confusion on this species and Encyclia trangulifera as this species has been said to be synomonous with it but I can assure you that they are different. Please go to E triangulifera to see the difference in the flowers.

Synonyms *Epidendrum bipapulare Rchb.f. 1865; Epidendrum tampense var. amesianum Corell 1947

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum bipapularis; Catologo Descriptiva de las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 drawing not; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Laramendi 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #7 2016 photo fide;