Habitat: Brazil, Suriname. Encyclia dichroma grows on rocky outcroppings and low, scrubby brush in mountainous areas of Brazil.
Plant Size: Medium. The upright, narrow 4 inch (10 cm) tall pseudobulbs produce two or three upright, tongue-shaped leaves that grow to 12 inches (30 cm).
Flower Size: Up to 2 inches (5 cm). Many plants produce smaller flowers.
Flower Description: The flowers of Encyclia dichroma are quite striking and unique in their color. The flower color can be white, pink, or rosy red. The lip is darker in color than the petals and often has a white margin. Some plants produce branched inflorescence while others bear only two flowers on an unbranched flower stalk.
Bloom Season: Summer in cultivation (Spring in Brazil)
Growing Temperature: Intermediate
Additional Information: Encyclia dichroma needs bright light, brighter than typical Cattleya conditions. Grow mounted, in baskets or well-drained plastic or clay pots in an open, free-draining growing medium. Let dry slightly between watering.
Synonyms: Epidendrum dichromum, Epidendrum brasiliense, Encyclia dichroma subsp. biflora, Epidendrum biflorum