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Encyclia gallopavina Peacock-Like Encyclia


Peacock-Like Encyclia, Encyclia gallopavina


Encyclia gallopavina (Rchb. f.) Porto & Brade 1986 Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Common Name The Peacock-Like Encyclia [refers to the wide-spread colorful lip]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Espiritu Santo, Rio De Janiero and Sao Paulo states, Brazil on old trees as a medium sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte in humid subtropical forests at elevations of 100 to 500 meters with spherical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several imbricating leaf sheaths carrying 2 apical, coriaceous, smooth, oblanceolate, rounded apically leaf and blooms in spring through summer in Brazil on a terminal, erect, to 3' [to 90 cm] long, paniculate, several to many [50] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with lanceolate stem clasping bracts and triangular floral bracts and carrying flowers that have a fragrance of tea.

Synonyms Encyclia purpurachila (Barb. Rodr.) Porto & Brade 1935; Encyclia purpurachyla (Barb.Rodr.) Porto & Brade 1935; *Epidendrum gallopavinum Rchb. f. 1855; Epidendrum purpurachylum Barb. Rodr. 1877