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Encyclia selligera Saddle-lipped Encyclia


Saddle-lipped Encyclia , Encyclia selligera


Encyclia selligera (Bateman ex Lindl.) Schltr. 1914 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name Saddle-lipped Encyclia

Flower Size to 1 1/2" [to 3.75 cm] , Fragrant

A medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphytic species that occurs in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and the Bahamas [growing on small trees and on the limestone rocks below] at altitudes of 0 to 2200 meters in oak and pine-oak forests high up on the trunks or higher branches of trees with clustered, conical-ovoid to pyriform pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious sheaths and carrying 2, towards the apex, ligulate or elliptic-ligulate, obtuse, gradually tapering below into the conduplicate clasping base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, apical, large, to 3' [90 cm] long, branched, verrucose, loosely many flowered inflorescence arising on a newly matured psudobulb occuring with showy, long-lived, fragrant flowers. Chiapas Mx., 1890m elev., near Teopisca, epiphytic on oaks.

Synonyms *Epidendrum selligerum Bateman ex Lindl.1838; Epidendrum violodora Galeotti ex Lindl. 1853;