Encyclia bractescens (Lindl.) Hoehne 1952

Photos by E Schnurr


Photo by Diederick Antoni.

Flower Closeup

Photo by Joseph Dougherty.

Unusual color variety

Photo by Dan Vickery.


Common Name The Bractescent Encyclia

Flower Size to about 1" [to about 2.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in humid forests at elevations up to 1200 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to coolgrowing epiphytic species with clustered, conical to ovoid-conical, slightly rugose pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, ligulate to linear-lanceolate, lusterous leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on an apical, short to 15" [up to 37.5 cm], simple or few branched inflorescence with 2 to 12, fragrant, long-lived flowers.

These small epiphytes do well in small pots with coarse cork media, or grow mounted to tree fern or cork as they like to dry out quickly.

Synonyms Encyclia acicularis (Bateman ex Lindl.) Schlechter 1914; Epidendrum aciculare Bateman ex Lindley 1841; Epidendrum bractescens Lindley 1840; Epidendrum esculentum Lindl. 1853; Epidendrum linearifolium Hkr. 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum aciculare; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Encylia acicularis; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum bractescens; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as epidendrum bractescens; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum bractescens; Orchid Digest Vol 34 #6 1970 as Epidendrum bractescens 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 photo fide; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames and Correll 1985 as Epidendrum bractescens; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine and Anderson 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 10 1993 postage stamp fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol V Withner 1998 photo fide; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001; Botanicas Orchids Laurel Glen 2002 photo fide; Genera Orchidaceae Vol 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase aand Rasmussen 2005 drawing ok; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2016 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #8 2019 photo fide;