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Encyclia dickinsoniana  Dickinson's Encyclia


Dickinson's Encyclia, Encyclia dickinsoniana


Encyclia dickinsoniana (Withner) Hamer 1985 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Common Name Dickinson's Encyclia [American Orchid Enthusiast and Collector in Mexico 20th cen]

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in lower montane forests at elevations around 330 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte that is often confused with or cited as a synonym of Enc. guatemalensis but has clustered, conical to ovoid pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious, soon evanescent sheaths and carry 2 to 3 strap-shaped, obtuse, basally graduating into the clasping base leaves as well as having the lateral lobes of the lip distincly different. This species blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, 2' [60 cm] long, panicle arising on a mature pseudobulb with a few to many glistening, sourly fragrant flowers unlike other Encyclia.

Synonyms *Epidendrum dickinsonianum Withner 1970