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Encyclia phoenicea Phoenician Encyclia


Phoenician Encyclia, Encyclia phoenicea


Encyclia phoenicea Nueman 1914 Photo courtesy of Katia Seagull and Her Orchid Web Site

Common Name Phoenician Encyclia - Chocolate Orchid - In Cuba - Flor de San Pedro - Orquedea Vainilla - Orquedea de chocolate

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This species comes from the Bahamas, Cuba, Cayman Is. and Grand Turks and Caicos as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with 2 leaves that is found near seacoasts at lower elevations with 1 to 3, lanceolate, coriaceous, basally conduplicate into the petiolate base leaves and flowers on a terminal, erect to arcuate, 3' [90 cm] long, racemose, several to many [25], successively flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and occurring in the spring through fall with a scent of chocolate. It is larger as a plant and in the flowers than Epi. tampense but visually is very similar. This species likes a dryer environment especially when not in growth.

Synonyms Epidendrum grahamii Hook. 1841; Epidendrum phoeniceum Lindl. 1841