Encyclia latipetala

Common Name: Broad-Petaled Encyclia

Habitat: Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela.

Plant Size: Small. The pear-shaped pseudobulbs grow to 1 inch (2.5 cm) tall and have one or two broad leaves that grow to 6 inches (15 cm) long.

Flower Size: Small.

Flower Description: The flowers of Encyclia latipetala are broad near the end and have pointed apex. The sepals and narrower than the petals and are more pointed. The lip is heavily veined and attractive. Flowers are generally star-shaped.

Bloom Season: It blooms in December in its native habitat.

Growing Temperature: Intermediate.

Additional Information: This species is rarely grown by orchid collectors and does not seem to be available in the nursery trade. Grow mounted on cork or grow in slatted baskets to ensure adequate drainage and air circulation around the roots. Provide standard Cattleya growing conditions. One source reports that this species is terrestrial but I cannot find any other source to confirm this. It is more probable that it grows on rocks.

Synonyms: Epidendrum latipetalum


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