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Encyclia spiritusanctensis Espirito Santo Encyclia


Espirito Santo Encyclia, Encyclia spiritusanctensis


Encyclia spiritusanctensis L.C. Menezes 1991 Photo courtesy of Mauro Rosim of Brazil

Common Name Espirito Santo Encyclia [A state in Brazil just north of Rio De Janiero]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Espirito Santo state, Brazil at elevations around 500 meters and was discovered as recently as 1991 as a lithophyte on rock outcroppings in full sun with ovate-elongate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several evanescent, imbricating sheaths and carries 2 to 4 apical, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, cymbidiform leaves and blooms in the summer in Brazil, and has up to 10, fragrant flowers on a to 9' 10" [to 280 cm] long, paniculate inflorescence. This species is similar to E advena but differs in being lithophytic, very long inflorescence, larger flowers, purple color to floral segments, very large subquadratic midlobe of the lip.

Synonyms Encyclia megalantha var spiritusanctensismMenzes 1990; Encyclia espiritusanctensis L.C. Menezes; Epidendrum espiritu-santense Dodson & R. Vásquez 1989