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Encyclia alata Winged Encyclia


Winged Encyclia , Encyclia alata


Encyclia alata [Bateman]Schlechter 1914

Common Name Winged Encyclia

Flower Size 2 to 2 1/2" [5 to 6.25 cm]

This medium to large sized, hot to warm growing species is found from Mexico through Costa Rica ocurring at altitudes of 0-1000 meters, epiphytically on trees in open forests and occasionally terrestrially in soil pockets. They have ovoid-conical to pyriform pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 3 apical, linear-lanceolate, acute, tough leaves that are often tinged with purple. There can be diverse differences in flower morphology in this species most often in size and the shape of the lateral sides of the lip. It has a honey-sweet smelling fragrance and they bloom in the spring through fall on an apical, to 5' [150 cm] long, arching, branched inflorescence with many, variable in color and shape flowers.

Synonyms *Epidendrum alatum Bateman 1840; Epidendrum alatum var. grandiflorum Regel 1856; Epidendrum alatum var. longipetalum (Lindl. & Paxton) Regel 1856; Epidendrum alatum var majus Hort. ex Sanders 1927; Epidendrum calochielum Hkr. 1841; Epidendrum formosum Klotsch 1853; Epidendrum formosum var. grandiflorum Regel; Epidendrum longipetalum Lindley & Paxton 1850-1