Habitat: Trinidad, Tobago, Venezuela. Encyclia bradfordii is found growing on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago as well as the coastal mountains of Venezuela.
Plant Size: Medium. Encyclia bradfordii has medium-sized egg-shaped pseudobulbs that are tightly clustered. Each pseudobulb has two wide leaves with blunt, rounded tips. The plant grows to 25 cm tall. The flower stalk extends two to three times beyond the foliage.
Flower Size: Less than 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Flower Description: Encyclia bradfordii has a tall, branched inflorescence that produces numerous flowers. The flowers have narrow, pointed petals and sepals that are apple green in color. The lip is greenish-white and broader. Some flowers pollinate themselves before they open.
Bloom Season: Spring?
Growing Temperature: Intermediate
Additional Information: Encyclia bradfordii can be grown mounted, in baskets or in pots provided there is excellent drainage. Let the plants dry a little between watering and maintain moderate to high humidity. Air circulation will reduce the chance of root rot. This species has attractive (if small) star-shaped flowers. Its only drawback is the tendency for some individuals to self-pollinate before they open.
Synonyms: Epidendrum bradfordii