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Encyclia ceratistes Horned-columned Encyclia


Horned-columned Encyclia, Encyclia ceratistes


Encyclia ceratistes (Lindl.) Schltr. 1919

Common Name Horned-columned Encyclia - In Costa Rica "LLuvia Verde" Green rain [refers to the color of the flowers] or "Lluvia de Miel" Honey Rain [refers to their scent]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

A large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte found in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama as well as Colombian and Venezuelan species which is found from 330 to 1600 meters in elevation within very wet oak forests or mixed hardwoods, with pyric or conic, wrinkled pseudobulbs subtended by basal bracts that become papery with age and carrying 1 to 4, linear to oblanceolate fleshy leaves with an apical, 2' to 5' [60 to 150 cm] long, suberect or pendant, many flowered, heavily paniculate inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb that appears in the spring through fall.

Synonyms Encyclia oncidioides var. ramonense (Rchb. f.) Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1952; Encyclia ramonensis (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918; *Epidendrum ceratistes Lindl. 1844; Epidendrum oncidioides var. ramonense (Rchb. f.) Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1935; Epidendrum ramonense Rchb. f. 1866;