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