Encyclia microbulbon (Hook.) Schltr. 1918

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Common Name Small-bulbed Encyclia

Flower Size 2/3" [1.6 cm]

Found in Jalisco, Mexico, Puebla, Morelos, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Michoacan states of Mexico in seasonally, very dry oak forests or in moist pine-oak forests at elevations of 1400 to 2300 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic species. The numerous, clustered, 3 noded, bronze-colored, longitudinally rugose pseudobulbs are round to conic-ovoid and enveloped by papery bracts basally and carrying 1 to 2, linear to linear-ligulate, acute to obtuse, apiculate, basally conduplicate, sulcate and caniculate above, coriaceous-fleshy, rigid leaves that blooms in the late winter through spring on a terminal, erect, often branched, terete, purple, 4.4" to 18" [11 to 45 cm] long, few to many flowered inflorescence with amplexicaul, triangular-ovate, obtuse, mucronate, membraneous-papery floral bracts and carrying fragrant [when sunning] flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia ovulum [Lindley]Schlechter 1918 ; Encyclia sisyrinchiifolia (A. Rich. & Galeotti) Schltr. 1918; *Epidendrum microbulbon Hook. 1841; Epidendrum ovulum Lindl. 1843; Epidendrum sisyrinchiifolium A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum microbulbon; Orchid Digest Vol 34 #6 1970 as Epidendrum microbiulbon drawing/photo fide; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & pollard 1976 photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Miniature Orchids Northern 1980; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine and Anderson 1991 photo fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide;Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005 as E ovulum; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1021 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1022 Hagsater & Soto 2008 as E ovulum drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018