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Encyclia meliosma Honey-sweet Encyclia


Honey-sweet Encyclia , Encyclia meliosma


Encyclia meliosma (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Common Name Honey-sweet Encyclia - In Mexico - Trompillo Amarillo

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] , Fragrant

A spring and early summer bloomer with occasionally fragrant flowers arising on an apical, to 3' [to 1 m] long, branched, many flowered inflorescence from Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrero, Mexico, Morelos and Oaxaca states of Mexico, at elevations of 300 to 1500 meters in elevation , as a medium sized, warm to hot growing epiphyte in trees on dry hillsides with subsherical to ovoid-conical pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2 apical, ligulate to elliptic-ligulate, acute or obtuse leaves. This species and Encyclia spatella and Encyclia aenicta are all very close in most characteristics and are certainly related, Dressler & Pollard separate them essentially by the lip being acuminate [ending in a point] the length of the column 5.5 to 7mm for E meliosma the lip being obtuse, retuse or mucronate and the column measuring between 7 to 10.5 mm for Encyclia spatella. Encyclia aenicta is more often a terrestrial than an epiphyte and has less flair to the lip.

Synonyms *Epidendrum meliosmum Rchb. f. 1869