Common Name: Bractescent Encyclia Orchid
Habitat: Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Encyclia bractescens grows on trees in humid tropical forests up to 1200 meters in elevation.
Plant Size: Small. The pseudobulbs are tightly clustered and have two shiny, tongue-shaped leaves.
Flower Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Flower Description: Flowers are produced on a simple or lightly branched inflorescence that grows to 15 inches (38 cm) in height. The flowers are long-lasting and fragrant.
Bloom Season: Late Winter to Early Spring.
Growing Temperature: Warm to Intermediate.
Additional Information: Encyclia bractescens is easy to grow and rewarding for the hobbyist. Grow under standard Cattleya orchid temperatures or warmer. They can grow well in pots with coarse fir bark or mounted on cork or tree fern slabs. Let them dry out between waterings.
Synonyms: Encyclia acicularis; Epidendrum aciculare; Epidendrum bractescens; Epidendrum esculentum; Epidendrum linearifolium