Common Name: Two-eared Encyclia
Habitat: Mexico south to Nicaragua. Encyclia diota is adaptable and is found growing in many habitats including deciduous tropical forests and pine-oak woodland. It grows on trees, rocks, or as a terrestrial between 200 and 1800 meters.
Plant Size: Medium. The pseudobulbs of Encyclia diota are conical and somewhat wrinkled and bear one or two tongue-shaped leaves.
Flower Size: 0.75 inches (2 cm)
Flower Description: The flower stem develops on a mature pseudobulb and grows from 12 to 40 inches (30-100 cm) in height. Between 10 and 80 flowers grow on the branched flower stem and are well-displayed above the foliage. Fragrant.
Bloom Season: Spring
Growing Temperature: Warm to Intermediate
Additional Information: Encyclia diota is a very showy plant and is sought after by many collectors. Grow mounted on cork bark or tree fern or grow in a pot with a free-draining Cattleya orchid growing mix. Provide Cattleya growing conditions and good air circulation. This species is widespread and fairly adaptable in cultivation.
Synonyms: Encyclia diota subsp. diota; Encyclia insidiosa; Epidendrum diotum; Epidendrum insidiosum