Common Name: Granite-inhabiting Encyclia
Habitat: Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela. Encyclia granitica grows on rocky granite outcroppings in exposed environments.
Plant Size: Large. Encyclia granitica has widely spaced thin, narrow, upright pseudobulbs. There are two 1 foot (30 cm), broad leaves per growth.
Flower Size: Medium-Large. Well-grown plants can have flowers in excess of 1 inch (3 cm) in spread.
Flower Description: Encyclia granitica is well-known for its remarkably beautiful flowers. The petals and sepals are green and have olive-brown tessellation and spotting. The lip is white and has a purple blotch in the middle. The flower spike is almost 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and bears up to 28 flowers. Flowers are fragrant.
Bloom Season: Summer
Growing Temperature: Warm to Cool
Additional Information: Encyclia granitica is a large species produces beautifully spotted flowers on tall flower spikes. Well-grown plants can become impressive specimens with multiple flower spikes blooming at once. Grow mounted on cork or tree fern. Being a rupicolous species, it may be able to be grown in pots with inorganic media like the rupicolous Laelia species. Provide standard Cattleya conditions with bright light.
Synonyms: Epidendrum affine, Epidendrum cnemidophorum, Encyclia affinis, Epidendrum fucatum, Epidendrum oncidioides, Epidendrum selligerum, Encyclia lunantha