Encyclia isochila (Rchb. f.) Dod 1986 Photo by Mark Nir and Orchidaceae Antillanae

Common Name Equal-Lipped Encyclia

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Puerto Rico, Hispanola, Cuba and Jamaica in moist broadleaved forests at elevations of 30 to 750 meters as a small to just medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with pear-shaped, smooth, shiny pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2, apical, stiff, fleshy, coriaceous, linear, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect-spreading, green, slender, 2 to 10.8" [5 to 27 cm] long peduncle with blond to brown, scarious bracts, racemose or paniculate 4 to 16.4" [10 to 41 cm] long, laxly few [to 6 to 8] flowered inflorescence with small cleistogamous green flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia isochila var. tridens (Rchb.f.) Dod 1986; Epidendrum belvederense Fawc. & Rendl. 1909; Epidendrum belvederense var. brevifolium Cogn. 1909; Encyclia bletioides (Griseb.) 1864; Epidendrum bletioides Griseb. 1864; *Epidendrum isochilum Rchb. f. 1856; Epidendrum isochilum var tridens Rchb.f 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Epidendrum isochilum; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum isochilum; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum bletioides; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as Epidendrum bletioides; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as Epidendrum belvederense drawing hmm; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as Epidendrum bradfordii drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Epidendrum bradfordii not = E isochila drawing ok; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 4 1996 photo capsule only; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------