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Encyclia bractescens Bractescent Encyclia

 

Bractescent Encyclia , Encyclia bractescens

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Encyclia bractescens (Lindl.) Hoehne 1952

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

 

 

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