Encyclia flabellifera Hoehne & Schlechter 1926 Photo courtesy of
Dale and Deni Borders.
Part sun Warm, Hot Spring
Common Name The Fan-Carrying Encyclia [refers to the conduplicate
lip and it's similarity to a ladies folding fan]
This is a Brazilian species from the Sao Paulo area that blooms
on a lax, apical, racemose inflorescence. It is said to be a synonym
of Encyclia ionosma but these 2 species are quite different if they
are labeled correctly. Found in Espiritu Santo and Sao Paulo states
with pear-shaped pseudobulbs and blooms in the early spring on a
paniculate, longer than the leafseveral flowered inflorescence.
Some sources give this name as a synonym of E euosma, others E
ionosma and still others cite all three as valid so I have kept them
separate for now. They do all seem fairly similar.