Common Name: Chapada dos Viadeiros Encyclia
Habitat: Brazil. Encyclia chapadensis is near extinction due to habitat destruction. It has been found near Alto Paraiso in the Brazilian state of Goias where it grows on rocks as a lithophyte.
Plant Size: Small. The pseudobulbs of Encyclia chapadensis are 3 inches (7 cm) tall and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Each growth produces two or three thick leaves that grow 4 inches (10 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. The unbranched flower stalks can reach to 3 feet (1 m) in height and stand well above the foliage.
Flower Size: Large for the genus.
Flower Description: Encyclia chapadensis has fragrant flowers. The petals and sepals are an attractive shade of reddish-brown and the lip is rose-colored with purple veins. The flower stem is tall and produces between 7 and 15 flowers.
Bloom Season: Late Winter to Early Spring
Growing Temperature: Intermediate
Additional Information: Encyclia chapadensis grows well mounted. It is very rare and its natural habitat has been greatly reduced due to road construction. Provide bright light and good air circulation to prevent the foliage from burning. The relatively large flower size, attractive flowers, and fragrance make this a good candidate for collecting.