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Encyclia osmantha Fragrant Encyclia


Fragrant Encyclia, Encyclia osmantha


Encyclia osmantha (Barb. Rodr.) Schltr 1914 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Fragrant Encyclia - Capart's Scented Encyclia

Flower Size to 2" [to 5 cm] , Fragrant

Found in Brazil as a small sized, warm to cool growing, bifoliate epiphyte in Minas Gerais, Goias, Rio De Janiero, Sao Paulo and Espiritu Santu states at elevations of 400 to 1200 meters in Atlantic coastal rainforests and the central plateau with ovate-elongate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several imbricating, evanescent leaf sheaths carrying 2 to 3 apical, coriaceosu, smooth, narrowly lanceolate, cymbidiform leaves that bloom in the spring in Brazil on a profusely branched, erect, to 3' [90 cm] long, loosely many [30] flowered inflorescence with lanceolate clasping stem bracts and very fragrant, long-lasting flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia lutzenbergii Menzes 1990; Encyclia lutzenbergeri var. major L.C.Menezes 1992; *Epidendrum osmanthum Barb. Rodr. 1882