Encyclia microbulbon (Hook.) Schltr. 1918 Photo by Diederick Antoni Copyright

Inflorescence Photo by Patricia Harding

Another Flower Photo by Jean Claude George

Alba flower Photo by Robert Weyman Bussey


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 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; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; 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