Encyclia ionosma (Lindl.) Schltr. 1914 Photo by John Denson The Cattleya Orchid Source Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Mario Rosim


Common Name Violet-scented Encyclia

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.25 cm]

Found in the Guianas and Brazil as a hot growing, 2 to 3 leafed epiphyte that blooms in the spring and summer on a erect, to 12" [30 cm]long, densly many [4 to 10] flowered inflorescence with violet scented flowers.

Some sources say E flabelifera is synomonous with this determination others E euosma and still others [Kew] cite all three as valid so I have kept them separate for now. They do all seem fairly similar.

Synonyms Encyclia euosma (Rchb. f.) Porto & Brade 1935; Epidendrum euosmum Rchb. f. 1877; *Epidendrum ionosmum Lindl. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum ionosmum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum ionosmum; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 photo/drawing good; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 1 Encyclias Campacci 2003; Orchids of French Guiana Szlachetko, Veyret etal 2014 drawing good; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 as an excluded species