Encyclia granitica

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


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