Encyclia tampensis [Lindl.] Small 1913
Common Name Florida Butterfly Orchid or Tampa Encyclia
Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm] , Fragant
A Florida native as well as the Bahamas and as a variety Cuba [encyclia
tampense var amesiana], a small to medium sized, warm to cool grower
found at elevations of sealevel to 25 meters that likes wood mounts,
and blooms on an apical, medium length to 2 1/2'[75 cm], simple or
paniculate inflorescence that is longer than the leaves with a few
to several fragrant flowers with a sweet scent, occuring in the
spring. Easy to attach to palm trees and pines in South Florida and
does not need any attention in the way of water or fertilizer.
In the Florida Keys, native plants can bloom in June through
August and again in September on a robust plant.
Synonyms Epidendrum porphyrospilum Rchb.f 1877; Encyclia
tampensis f. albolabia P.M.Br. 1995; *Epidendrum tampense Lindley