Encyclia bractescens (Lindl.) Hoehne 1952 Photo courtesy of Diederick Antoni.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougherty.

Unusual color variety Photo courtesy of Dan Vickery.

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Common Name Bractescent Encyclia

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

Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are home to this miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing 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 and is found in humid forests up to 1200 meters in altitude. 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; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum bractescens; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol V Withner 1998 photo fide;

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