Common Name: Peacock Encyclia
Habitat: Brazil. The first specimen was found growing on mimosa (Jacaranda mimosifolia) trees near Rio de Janeiro.
Plant Size: Small. Encyclia gallopavina has small, spherical pseudobulbs and a couple of upright or arching leaves that are 6 inches (15 cm) long.
Flower Size: Small.
Flower Description: The small flowers of this species are beautiful. Petals and sepals are green suffused with maroon or brown. The lip is flattened and white with a magenta central splotch. The flower spike is simple of slightly branched and grows to 2 feet (60 cm) in height and bears up to 15 flowers. Encyclia gallopavina has fragrant flowers that smell like tea.
Bloom Season: Spring. (August in Brazil)
Growing Temperature: Intermediate
Additional Information: This miniature species has beautiful flowers that stand well above the foliage and provide a fascinating floral display. Unfortunately, Encyclia gallopavina is not widely available. Grow mounted on cork and provide standard cattleya conditions.
Synonyms: Epidendrum gallopavinum, Epidendrum purpurachylum, Encyclia purpurachyla